Because California has the highest number of seniors living in poverty of any state in the nation, and has often led the country in crafting innovative progressive policies, our work in California not only impacts millions of lives, but also serves as a laboratory for policy change across the nation.
In addition to our extensive work on dual eligible issues, improving the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, and our efforts working in coalition to strengthen SSI in California, we also work with state legislators to craft policy. And whenever budget shortfalls lead to calls for cuts to programs senors rely on, we’re there to educate lawmakers about the impact and stop the cuts from happening. We’re also looking toward and helping to build a future where all California seniors can thrive through our participation and leadership on various subcommittees charged with shaping and implementing the state’s Master Plan for Aging.
Yasmin joined Justice in Aging in 2022 as Senior Policy Advocate in Sacramento. In this role, she works across teams to advance Justice in Aging’s legislative and budget priorities in California. Prior to joining Justice in Aging, she was Senior Policy and Legislative Advocate at Health Access California with a focus on issues related to health care industry regulation and cost containment. Yasmin got her start in advocacy coordinating a mobile health care clinic for homeless individuals in Santa Cruz County. Yasmin holds a BS from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.