Deputy Executive Director
Jorge is SMYAL’s Deputy Executive Director. Coming to SMYAL as a licensed independent clinical social worker, Jorge previously served as the Director of Youth Housing and Director of Clinical Services. In his role as the Director of Clinical Services, Jorge was instrumental in establishing SMYAL’s Clinical Services Department which provides on-site individual and group therapy, clinical supervision to staff and interns, and resource navigation to LGBTQ youth across the organization.
Prior to joining the team, Jorge worked as a social worker and clinical supervisor in school and mental health agency settings. As a social worker, he has worked with youth on issues of homelessness, substance abuse prevention/intervention, mental health disorders, and stress and anxiety management. Much of his work has encompassed the spectrum of LGBTQ counseling including the areas of gender, sexuality, and transitioning.
Born in DC and raised in Northern Virginia, Jorge is the son of Salvadoran immigrants. He attended Christopher Newport University where he received his undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in music before moving back to DC. After working for a few years, he decided to pursue his passion and moved to Boston to attend Boston University’s School of Social Work. Yearning for home (and milder winters), Jorge moved back home to DC.
When he is not at SMYAL or meeting with therapy clients, Jorge can be found singing, playing football, or lounging at home with his dog and cat.