As a senior staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project, Jenna Gerry supports NELP’s efforts to end systemic racism in our social insurance system by providing legal and technical assistance to grassroots organizing groups and reformers to develop new worker informed and centered strategies to improve state and federal policies, build worker power, and improve jobless workers’ access to unemployment insurance.
Prior to joining NELP in March 2021, Jenna was an attorney with Legal Aid at Work’s Work & Family Program, where she advocated for the rights of pregnant workers, new parents, caregivers, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. During her time there she provided direct representation, participated in legislative and administrative advocacy to expand family supportive workplace policies, and engaged in community education. She was regularly called upon to testify at the state and local level regarding paid leave policies and was instrumental in the passage of the expansion of job protected family and medical leave to millions of Californians.
Prior to that, Jenna clerked for the Honorable Cynthia S. Kern in Manhattan and served as a post-graduate fellow with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation.
Jenna is a proud member of the NELP Staff Association, NOLSW, UAW, LOCAL 2320.
New York University, B.A.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Language Barriers Stymie Jobless Californians, San Francisco Chronicle, 2/6/21
More Californians could take paid family leave under bill heading to Gov. Newsom, Sacramento Bee, 9/1/20