Grant & Policy Researcher
Jollina Simpson is the mother of three, Traditional Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Doula trainer, and Childbirth Educator. In addition to serving families as a homebirth Midwife, Ms. Simpson is the founder and President of Kijiji Sisterhood, a community-based non-profit dedicated to supporting Black and Brown families birthing in Las Vegas. She served in the Professional Development Department as a La Leche League Leader for La Leche League Southern California/Nevada. Ms. Simpson also worked as a Peer Counselor for WIC for both the Urban League and Nevada Health Centers. Since December 2019, Ms. Simpson has served on Nevada’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee.
Jollina has been a teacher, speaker, and business owner in the Las Vegas Valley for 20 years. Ms. Simpson holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Master’s in Maternal Child Health Systems. She has created curriculums for international teaching organizations and has been a speaker presenting on Breastfeeding and Equity, Hormones and Breastfeeding, Professional Development for IBCLCs, IBCLC Pathways, Equity and Education, Test Preparation and Strategy, Reproductive Justice, and more. Before joining MIWN Jollina served as the Writing Center Coordinator for Nevada State College where she presented on Anti-black racism, Black linguistics, and published in the peer-reviewed journals and a book chapter on combating bias and racism in academia (est release date 2023).
Ms. Simpson joined Make It Work Nevada as the Policy and Grant researcher in April 2022.