Jessica M. Loya
National Urban Fellow for the Inclusive Economies Program
Jessica M. Loya (she/they) serves as the National Urban Fellow for the Inclusive Economies Program at the Surdna Foundation. In this role, she supports the Inclusive Economies team with day-to-day grantmaking activities, strategic advisement, research, and communications.
An outspoken social, economic, and environmental justice advocate, Jessica believes the solutions to inequity are found in and led by the communities most overburdened and underserved by the existing systems. This ethos has been central to their work at Rooted & Reimagined Strategies, a Latina-owned and operated consulting firm she cofounded in 2020.
Jessica is excited to bring their nonprofit leadership, advocacy, community organizing, and political strategy expertise to Surdna. In the past, she has been successful in driving forward federal environmental justice policy, equity, and restorative justice practices in philanthropy, and supporting capacity building and political strategy for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations and coalitions.
Jessica is pursuing a Master of Policy Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and was awarded the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity Equity and Inclusion.
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