Jennifer Chou is a Staff Attorney for the Gender, Sexuality & Reproductive Justice Program at the ACLU of Northern California. Her work focuses on expanding and protecting access to reproductive health care in the Central Valley, as well as securing gender, reproductive, and LGBTQ+ justice for all California students.
Jennifer approaches her work as a proud child of generational refugees from Burma and China—believing that we need both mutual support and government accountability in order to achieve justice.
She leads ACLU’s statewide campaign to implement California’s comprehensive sexual health education mandate, the first in the country to require that sexual health education be affirmatively LGBTQ+ inclusive. In 2021, Jennifer also helped lead efforts to pass the Menstrual Equity for All Act, ensuring that California students in grades 6-12, community colleges, and CSUs have access to menstrual products at no cost.
Before joining the ACLU, Jennifer was an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow with the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, where she authored a policy agenda about the reproductive health status and needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander women. She currently sits on the board of the Women’s Foundation of California, which is dedicated to building and funding community power through a lens of feminism, intersectionality, and abundance.
Jennifer earned her law degree from the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law, where, in UCLA’s Appellate Advocacy Clinic, she successfully argued a case in front of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a student at Wellesley College, Jennifer earned her B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies and was a part of a decades-long student movement to fight for Asian American Studies and Critical Race Studies on campus.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hiking, thrifting, and living out her dream of being within walking distance of her local library.