Jennifer Ortiz

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.”

Storyteller, Inspiring Stories: Acknowledging Anger