Chelsea Gonzalez is a current If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow and Advocates’ Law and Policy Analyst. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with a joint JD/MSW in 2020. She is a Bronx native who first began tackling reproductive justice issues while in high school as a TORCH peer leader, facilitating inclusive and medically accurate sexual health workshops to youth throughout NYC. During law school, Chelsea served as a 2017 Buffalo Human Rights Fellow with a position at the ACLU of Puerto Rico, where she primarily worked on their prison project advocating for the rights of those incarcerated on the island. She further interned at a variety of local legal and community based organizations such as: Legal Assistance of Western New York, VOICE Buffalo, and Partnership for the Public Good. Additionally, Chelsea remained active on campus, serving as an Associate and Submissions Editor for the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, as Co-President of OUTLaw, and as a competitor and coach for the UB Thurgood Marshall Moot Court team. She was also a founding member and Co-President of the Intersectional Activism Alliance and supported underrepresented youth pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), allied health, and licensed professions as a Graduate Assistant for UB CSTEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program).
Prior to Advocates, Chelsea worked as the Western New York Regional Organizer for the National Institute for Reproductive Health, where she utilized digital organizing tools to help advance abortion access for those with the ability to become pregnant and garner support for comprehensive sexuality education within New York State. Chelsea attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY as an undergraduate, majoring in Humanities and Justice with a Latin American/Latinx Studies minor in Honors. She was a Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program Scholar, as well as a CUNY BMI Stellar Scholar.