Nancy Cardenas

Nancy Cardenas

Associate Director for State Policy and Advocacy, Texas Latina Advocacy Network

Nancy Cardenas is the Texas LAN Associate Director for State Policy and Advocacy at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH). As the Associate Director for State Policy and Advocacy, Nancy’s work focuses on the development and execution of NLIRH’s advocacy and organizing strategies state-wide.  Specifically, Nancy’s work focuses on the protection of reproductive health and rights of Latinas, specifically the Rio Grande Valley, and the Texas state policy agenda recognizing the intersection of immigration and reproductive healthcare. ​

Nancy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in Government and International Studies. Prior to NLIRH, Nancy worked for the city of McAllen and the city of Austin specializing in reproductive healthcare, immigration, social justice, and utility affordability issues.  While working as the Constituent Services Director, Nancy advocated on all levels of government on behalf of issues affecting marginalized communities in Texas. Her advocacy has led her to testify in front of the Senate and House committees, meet with critical stakeholder groups, and play a role in bringing the Rio Grande Valley to the table.

Nancy also sits on the board of the Dream Home and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.