Jacquelyn Iyamah

Program Assistant for Domestic Policy

Jacqueline Iyamah

Jacquelyn Iyamah advocates for Economic Justice by lobbying, attending coalition meetings, conducting research, and participating in social media activism. She has always been extremely passionate about working with marginalized communities faced with poverty, inequality, and oppression.

She obtained a B.A. in Social Welfare with a minor in Global Poverty from UC Berkeley. Though she appreciated the knowledge she gained in classes, she knew she had to put theory to practice. She joined clubs such as Amnesty International and Art for Social Change, volunteered for an anti-homelessness organization called Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), and worked for the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues.

This past year, she served as a Policy Intern with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Oakland. The Ella Baker Center advocates for the advancement of racial and economic justice, to ensure opportunity for low-income individuals and people of color, and it does so by challenging mass incarceration, and pushing for justice reinvestment. Through her involvement with legislature, bills, and advocacy, Jacquelyn recognized the role that policies can play in empowering and bringing justice to communities that have long been disregarded. It was this experience that brought her to FCNL in 2016, to further work on policies that would uplift communities.


Articles by Jacquelyn Iyamah

Update Why did the American Health Care Act Fail? 

On November 8th 2016, Republicans took hold of the presidency and both chambers of Congress, after heavily campaigning to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It is no wonder that many within the Washington establishment assumed the Affordable Care Act would be gone the day after Inauguration.

Background No Affordable Care Act Repeal Without Adequate Replacement 

This document highlights the benefits of the ACA that should included in any replacement. It also explains why certain proposals that have been put forth to replace the ACA are detrimental.

Update #ProtectOurCare: Don't Repeal Obamacare Without Replacement  

Congress is moving quickly to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the ACA isn’t a perfect law, any plan to repeal it without a comprehensive replacement in the same legislation is dangerous.