Jen Heitel Yakush
Jennifer Heitel Yakush is Director for Public Policy at SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the Untied States, a national non-profit organization that advocates for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services. In this capacity, Jen concentrates her efforts on public policy and advocacy in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights at the federal level by conducting policy maker education in the United States Congress and the Executive Branch. Previously, Jen served as Senior Associate for Communications at Catholics for Choice, where she implemented CFC’s communications strategy to educate the public about reproductive health and rights, separation of church and state and other relevant issues, with particular emphasis on media relations and campaign promotion. She has also served as State Policy Coordinator at Advocates for Youth, where she focused on championing efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Jen sits on the Board of Directors of the Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP) and is a member of the National Advisory Council for Sexual Health convened by former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher. She also serves as a clinic escort with the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force (WACDTF). Jen holds a B.A. in International Affairs and a concentration in International Women’s Studies from George Washington University.