Who We Are

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Desirée Nguyen Orth

Director, Consumer Justice Clinic


B.S., Biology and B.A. Sociology University of Washington (2008)
Juris Doctor California Western School of Law (2011)


Desiree joined EBCLC’s Consumer Justice team as the Director in 2021. Prior to joining EBCLC, Desiree was the supervising attorney for the Consumer Advocacy Project at the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Why do you do what you do?

Financial equity is a large part of social justice and race disparity. To many, money is also a source of freedom. Financial education, advocacy, and policy are ways to make significant strides towards equity and freedom from both an individual and systemic level.

What drew you to EBCLC?

EBCLC shares the same values that motivate my work and prioritizes the dual needs of the individuals and the larger community. EBCLC’s holistic approach is in line with my own views of effective work. And frankly, the CJC team is a blast to work with, I could not pass up an opportunity to be a part of such an incredible group!

What is your favorite book, movie or quote?

Favorite is currently All the Light we Cannot See.

I practice wellness by…

Knitting or crocheting. Give me all the yarn 🙂

The best piece of advice I have been given is…

The best piece of advice I have given is be undeniably good (at what you do).