A native of the great state of California, Jennifer Barraza brings years of campaign and policy experience to Hilltop where she focuses on political strategy, communications, and grass-tops organizing.
Most recently she served as day to day campaign manager on Sen. Kevin de Leon’s race for the United States Senate where she led the team that won the California Democratic Party endorsement and over 70% of California counties against a 25-year incumbent.
She previously served as an advisor to the California Senate Democrats and former Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon. Jennifer’s other political work includes working on Proposition 56, working with Hillary Clinton’s state team during the 2016 California Primary and Independent Expenditure campaigns for the LA County Federation of Labor.
Prior to coming to Hilltop, Jennifer worked at SEIU International and the Los Angeles based SEIU Local 99 where she became one of the youngest Organizing Directors in the country and helped lead the largest and highest priority organizing campaign for the union. Under her leadership, she helped develop policy that allowed workers to gain big victories and strengthened collaboration between the state, education workers, and parents.
She was appointed by the Mayor to serve as a Planning Commissioner on the Los Angeles Central Area Planning commission. And was previously appointed to the Los Angeles County Child Care Planning Committee by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Jennifer was a delegate to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and is a current delegate to the California Democratic Party, where she sits on the Party’s platform committee.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Women, Culture and Global Development. She has also received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge.
She is fluent in Spanish and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two dogs.