Jennifer Nagda

Jennifer Nagda is Policy Director for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, where her work focuses on developing a best interests of the child standard for unaccompanied immigrant children. Jennifer has worked at the Young Center since 2008 as a staff attorney and later as an associate director. She is also a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic where her students represent youth in foster care, domestic relations and family court proceedings. Jennifer was previously an attorney at the Midwest Regional Office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where she litigated immigration, education and employment discrimination cases. From 2004-2006, Jennifer clerked for the Honorable James B. Zagel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to law school, Jennifer was the Associate Director of what is now the CityBridge Foundation in Washington DC, and also worked for the Corporate Executive Board and Advisory Board companies. Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her undergraduate degree from Duke University. With Maria Woltjen she authored the article “Best Interests of the Child Standard: Bringing Common Sense to Immigration Decisions,” which was published in Pioneering Change: Innovative Ideas for Children and Families, Big Ideas, First Focus (2015). Jennifer is an avid baker and lives in Philadelphia with her family.