Interim Executive Director
As LAAC's Interim Executive Director, Salena oversees all of LAAC programs. This includes everything from supporting the board of directors through their bylaws revision process to visiting California state legislators as a member of the Bench Bar Coalition to helping to plan Pathways to Justice, one of the largest statewide conferences for legal services attorneys. Salena sees her role at LAAC as helping to make sure that the community connects with each other, even when they may not see a connection.
Before coming to LAAC, Salena ran the Justice Bus Project as a OneJustice Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. Salena is a 2007 graduate of Stanford Law School. While there, she was a clinical student at the Stanford Community Law Clinic and interned at two Bay Area Public Defenders' offices. Prior to law school, she was an AmeriCorps volunteer literacy specialist at an elementary school in Austin, Texas, and a preschool coordinator at a family shelter in Menlo Park.
Please contact Salena at email@example.com or at 415-834-0100 ext. 303.
Denise joined LAAC in October 2009. As program coordinator, she works on a variety of LAAC projects, but her main focus is working on Model Approaches, a grant partnership to improve coordination among senior legal services providers. She enjoys working with member programs to ensure that they have access to LAAC membership benefits, such as discounts on Westlaw and Ethnic Bridge, a language line service.
Prior to LAAC, Denise worked at La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco. She is originally from South Dakota, where she graduated with degrees in Spanish and journalism.
Please contact Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 415-834-0100 ext. 304.
Patrick Fodell joined LAAC in July of 2011 as LAAC's Program Associate. In his position he is responsible for coordinating state-wide conferences, trainings, and webinars for legal service providers and their advocates. He also maintains and updates CALegalAdvocates.org and administers one of LAAC's membership benfits: Essential Forms.
Prior to working at LAAC, Patrick worked at the Watsonville Law Center as their Outreach and Education Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA. His time at the WLC inspired him to stay in the legal services field even after his service with AmeriCorps ended. Patrick graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008 with a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish.
Please contact Patrick at email@example.com or at 415-834-0100 ext. 312.
LAAC works closely and shares an office with OneJustice. For OneJustice staff contact information, click here.