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Jessica Allen

 Jessica Allen is Queer, Afro-Latinx, Mother, Doula, and visionary with a relentless determination to ignite her communities towards large-scale revolution and intergenerational healing. At seventeen, she became a certified doula through the Natural Birth Institute in San Francisco. Through this work, she has proudly supported over one-hundred births in her community and addressed chronic stress, social isolation, and emotional hardship within her practice. She is an Ethnic Studies major at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and on an educational path that leads to a Juris Doctorate in Civil Rights Law, with the specific intent to serve under-resourced populations. As a future civil rights attorney, her mission is to pioneer initiatives and policy changes for marginalized pregnant and parenting LGBTQ+ families. She has been in service to San Francisco Bay Area’s most disenfranchised populations (LGBTQ youth, formerly incarcerated people, and women’s reproductive health) for over a decade. In 2014, she launched Mamahood Revolution, a doula initiative in which she facilitates healthy pregnancy, birth, and postpartum workshops. Jessica is honored to be apart of the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship 2019 cohort. She considers it to be a revolutionary achievement to further develop her leadership skills and intellectual capacity in London, England. She is looking forward to being apart of a vibrant academic community that is committed to intersectional solutions, interventions, and advocacy for our world's most pressing issues.