Jennifer Ortiz is a teacher and writer whose work and spiritual practice are informed by principles of equity, justice, and the power of the personal narrative. A homebred Angelena, at age 17 she moved to Oakland, California, to attend Mills College. “Attending an all-women’s college was life changing,” Jennifer says, “and it’s where I honed my leadership skills and the deeply seated belief that education creates transformative growth, generational change and opportunity.”

After working in the anti-proliferation and labor movements, Jennifer moved back into academia with new life experiences. She always comes back to Los Angeles – “the best city” – and as she writes her first novel, IN SOUTH CENTRAL WE KILL VAMPIRES, she is “excited to showcase my beautiful city and all the richness she has to offer.”