Wendy Cervantes

Director, Immigration and Immigrant Families
Policy expertise: 
Child Care and Early Education
Children, Youth & Families
Immigrant Access to Benefits
Immigrant Children and Families
Public Benefits Justice
Racial Equity
Young Men and Women of Color

Wendy Cervantes is director of immigration and immigrant families. In this role, she oversees the organization’s cross-team work to develop and advocate for policies that support low-income immigrants and their families. She is an expert on the cross-sector policy issues that impact children of immigrants, including economic security, child welfare, immigration, education, health care, and human rights. Prior to joining CLASP, Ms. Cervantes was Vice President of Immigration and Child Rights at First Focus where she led the organization’s federal policy work on immigration and established the Center for the Children of Immigrants. Ms. Cervantes also served as Director of Programs at La Plaza, a Latino community-based organization in central Indiana, where she oversaw the implementation and evaluation of education, health, and social service programs. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cervantes worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she managed the national immigrant and refugee families and the District of Columbia portfolios. She also has experience as a community organizer and an adult ESL instructor. The proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, Ms. Cervantes holds an M.A. in Latin American studies and political science from the University of New Mexico and a B.A. in communications from the University of Southern California. Follow her on Twitter: WendyDC5