Who We Are

We Advance Justice and Build Community

Mission

Our mission is to promote justice and build a community that is more secure, productive, healthy, and hopeful by providing legal services and policy advocacy that are responsive to the needs of low-income communities and law training that prepares future attorneys to be skilled and principled advocates, who are committed to addressing the causes and conditions of racial and economic injustice and poverty.

Vision

We envision a California where Black and Indigenous communities, and those at the intersection of multiple oppressions, are positioned to realize thriving, healthy, and dignified lives.

Clients and Staff at a Glance

87%

of our clients identify as BIPOC

48%

of our clients are women of color

74%

of our staff identify as BIPOC

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Leadership

Zoë Polk

Zoë Polk is the Executive Director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC).

As Executive Director, Zoë leads EBCLC’s efforts to provide client-centered, holistic legal advocacy, dismantle structural racism, and build a resilient and healthy community. Zoë took the helm of EBCLC in January 2020, proudly joining the organization’s legacy of Black women executive directors.

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Our Team and Board of Directors

Our talented and diverse staff are deeply committed to our dual mission of training the next generation of social justice lawyers and increasing access to legal services.

 

Our dedicated board of directors, most of whom are graduates of Berkeley Law, bring a broad range of experience and expertise to our agency and are active in our community.

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Azizah Ahmad

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Health & Welfare

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Ramon Becerra Alcantar

Director of Operations

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Easha Anand

Board Secretary

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Deltrina Anderson

Office Manager

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Michelle Wilde Anderson

Board Member

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Abhay Aneja

Board Member

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Luke Apfeld

Board Member

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Gabby Areas

Student Board Member

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Carolina Avila

Social Worker, Immigration Practice

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Jisaya Ayala

Administrative Assistant

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Rosa Bay

Co-Deputy Director

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Milo Manopoulos Beitman

Interim Director, Health & Welfare

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Laura Bixby

Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Housing Practice

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Marian Avila Breach

Student Board Member

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Sara Cantor

Staff Accountant

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Karla Cruz

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Immigration Practice

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Jasmine Cuenca

Social Worker, Housing Practice

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Theo Cuison

Co-Director, Immigration Practice

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Stephanie Daniels

Board Member

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Daisy O. Felt

Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Immigration

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Ruby Ferguson

Executive Assistant

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Hannah Flanery

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Housing Practice

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Shauna Fujimoto

Senior Contracts Officer

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Milat Getu

Development and Communications Assistant

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Jocelyn Gomez

Student Board Member

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Stefanie Gonzales

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Immigration Practice

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Divya Gopal

Board Member

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Meghan Gordon

Co-Director, Housing Practice

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Maria Gabriela Guerra

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor

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Eleana Hai

Individual Giving Manager

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Jevon Potts Harrison

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Community Economic Justice Practice

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E. Venessa Henlon

Board Member

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Alex Hernandez

Program Coordinator, Immigration Practice

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Jelitza Herrera

Paralegal, Consumer Justice Clinic

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Christin Hill

Board Pro Bono Chair

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Luan Huynh

Board Member

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Ellen Ivens-Duran

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Education Defense and Justice for Youth

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Peter James

Senior Data and Evaluation Manager

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Marc S. Janowitz

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Housing Practice

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Athena Johns

Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice

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Sandra Johnson

Board Member

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Gracie Jones

Senior Project Manager, Housing Practice

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Carmen Jovel

Deputy Director, Housing

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Amanda Karl

Board Member

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Jay Kim

Co-Deputy Director

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Katia Kiston

Clinical Program Coordinator

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Michael S. Kwun

Board Member

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Sabyl Landrum

Senior Staff Attorney, Clean Slate Practice

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Sun Young Lee

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Health & Welfare Practice

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Monique Liburd

Board Vice-Chair

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Tanya Loftin

Administrative Assistant

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Daven G. Lowhurst

Board Member

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Angelo Isaac Sandoval, Esq., MPA

Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Clean Slate Practice

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Kaya McRuer

Brian Lewinstein Youth Justice Fellow, Education Defense and Justice for Youth

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Ashley Ayala Mendoza

Program Coordinator, Education Defense and Justice for Youth

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Alina Medina Mora

Paralegal & DOJ Accredited Legal Representative, Immigration Practice

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Ingrid Murillo

Senior Paralegal, Immigration Practice

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Ujwala Murthy

Institutional Giving Manager

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Jeanette Muñoz

Senior Paralegal & DOJ Accredited Legal Representative, Immigration Practice

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Jael Myrick

Director, Clean Slate Practice

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Perla Navarro

Administrative Assistant

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Colin Newton

Program Coordinator

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Michael K. Ng

Board Chair Emeritus

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Brigitte Nicoletti

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Clean Slate

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Caleb Ontiveros

Facilities Manager

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Desirée Nguyen Orth

Director, Consumer Justice Clinic

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Rebecca Oyama

Senior Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Clean Slate Practice

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Melissa Phatharanavik

Senior Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Immigration

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Mindy Phillips

Co-Director, Immigration Practice

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Donzahniya Pitre

Program Coordinator, Health & Welfare

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Zoë Polk

Executive Director

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Ana Vazquez Pulido

Senior Program Coordinator, Clean Slate Practice

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Sneh Rao

Board Member

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Abigail Rich

Senior Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Immigration

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Michelle Natividad Rodriguez

Board Member

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Rebecca Romero

Senior Paralegal & DOJ Accredited Legal Representative, Immigration Practice

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Tamura Rosby

HR Coordinator

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Whitney Rubenstein

Director, Social Work Program and Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Education Defense & Justice for Youth

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Maureen A. Sheehy

Board Treasurer

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Eric Singerman

Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Education Defense and Justice for Youth

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Miguel Soto

Senior Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Consumer Justice Clinic

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Cancion SotoRosen

Co-Director, Education Defense and Justice for Youth / Director, Youth Defender Clinic

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Jasmine Sozi

Project Manager, Community Economic Justice Practice

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Chaiquis Stephens

Program Coordinator, Clean Slate Practice

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Julia D. Stewart

Director of Finance

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Victoria Tang

Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Clean Slate

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Nina Thiebert

Communications Manager

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Tiffany Renee Thomas

Board Chair

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Michael Trujillo

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Community Economic Justice Practice

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Atasi Uppal

Director, Education Justice Clinic / Co-Director, Education Defense and Justice for Youth

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Kelly Valentine

Paralegal & DOJ Accredited Legal Representative, Immigration Practice

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Marilyn Villanueva

Intake / Program Coordinator

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Sophia Wang

Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Consumer Justice Practice

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Gloria Yi

Staff Attorney / Clinical Supervisor, Education Advocacy Clinic

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Linda Yu

Co-Director, Housing Practice

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Steven G. Zieff

Board Member