Jessica Stender joined ERA as a Senior Staff Attorney in September 2015. She is responsible for leading ERA’s Women at Work Initiative by supporting and developing ERA’s litigation and other gender justice-related advocacy work, with a focus on employment-related cases and projects.
Prior to joining ERA, Jessica served as Legal Director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (Center for Migrants Rights), a transnational migrant workers’ rights organization based in Mexico. There, Jessica advocated on behalf of low-wage migrant workers in U.S. courts and before U.S. government agencies and worked with advocates in the U.S. to facilitate representation of migrant worker clients in Mexico.
Prior to joining CDM, Jessica was a Civil Rights Fellow at the public interest class action firm Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, where she represented workers in civil rights and employment class action cases. Jessica graduated from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2009, where she served as Senior Executive Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Co-Chair of the Student Liaison Committee for Faculty Appointments and Co-Chair of the Boalt Hall Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Before law school, Jessica worked as a paralegal at Friends of Farmworkers in Philadelphia, providing assistance to migrant farmworkers throughout Pennsylvania.