Meet the Staff

Jennifer Jiries

Jennifer Jiries, LCSW
CARE Program Director

Jennifer holds a Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Film/Television from Georgia State University. Jennifer has dedicated her professional work towards social justice and mental health issues in marginalized communities. Prior to receiving an MSW, Jennifer worked in a variety of non-profit agencies and has an extensive background working on LGBTQ issues, running volunteer programs, coordinating trainings & events, and facilitating community support groups for partners and loved ones of trans folks. During her time at Luskin School of Public Affairs, Jennifer interned with Kat-Katha, a non-government organization working with women in the red light district of Delhi and their children. She also worked at the Institute of Human Behavior & Allied Sciences, a mental health and neurosciences facility in New Delhi, India. Jennifer previously worked on the organizing committee of Models of Pride, a national LGBTQ youth conference, and Trans/Giving, a trans & intersex art and performance series. Most recently Jennifer was working as a clinical psychiatric social worker and provided ongoing therapy to adults and children in LA County.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, writing, eating, traveling, working out, and finding ways to make glitter a fashion statement.