Jessica Lopez Collins (she/her)

New Mexico Program Director, Forward Together

As the New Mexico Program Director at Forward Together, Jessica oversees the program to ensure that it is moving policy and culture shift work that meets the needs of all New Mexico families. Jessica manages the planning, development, and evaluation of year-round civic engagement strategies in the state. Prior to joining Forward Together, Jessica spent twelve years at Media Literacy Project where she led a program for young women of color that centered on reproductive justice and video production. She has designed curriculum, taught classes to middle and high school students, and trained nationally and internationally in media literacy and media justice. Jessica has a heart for leadership development, organizational development, and creating beautiful civic engagement resources that are accessible to communities. When not at work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her two sons, reading nonfiction, and hiking in the mountains.