Jana Rickerson


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Jana Rickerson, LCSW received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a Clear Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and a Masters of Social Work degree.

Ms. Rickerson has decades of experience in child welfare, public health and HIV services. She was the Assistant Director of Family and Children’s Services for Santa Clara County, and previously served as a consultant and leader with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she provided training and technical assistance on the local and national level to address the needs of foster youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Ms. Rickerson has also served on several national work groups for foster youth, including Racial Disparity and Disproportionality in Foster Care as well as for LGBTQ foster youth.

Ms. Rickerson currently serves as a consultant to Open House, which provides housing, services and community to LGBTQ seniors, and a group facilitator for Kids Turn, a San Francisco-based program offering support to children and parents through parental separation and divorce. Ms. Rickerson has also worked as a consultant for the Family Acceptance Project and Consortium for Children. She has extensive experience with diversity and cultural humility training, outreach and advocacy in youth and family-focused social services and health care programs, particularly on behalf of children of color and LGBTQ foster youth. 

Ms. Rickerson has an unwavering commitment to creating safe spaces for true dialogue and change, which also led her to pursue training as a mediator, facilitator with the Center for Courage and Renewal, and the Public Conversations Project.