Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

Litonya Lester

Health Policy Director
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Litonya.Lester [at] childrensalliance [dot] org
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As Children’s Alliance’s health policy director, Litonya draws on her past work and experience to advance health equity for all kids.

In 2008 Litonya graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international development and has since shifted her focus to addressing inequities in the United States. She has worked to defend the reproductive and constitutional rights of people incarcerated in California prisons, served as a legal advocate for immigrant survivors of domestic violence in New York, and promoted violence-prevention strategies across the country.

In 2013, Litonya completed her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. While pursuing her masters, she interned at Rainier Beach High School with Communities in Schools and as a mental health therapist at Consejo Counseling and Referral Services. At UW Litonya engaged in multiple forms of social justice education and served as a co-facilitator of intergroup dialogue courses, focusing on the impacts of power and oppression on individuals and communities.