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Nick Levenhagen, Board Chair
Disability Rights California

“I am a donor and board member of LAAC because of the critical role LAAC plays in supporting and funding legal services for vulnerable populations throughout California.”

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Kate Marr, Vice-Chair
Community Legal Aid SoCal

“I serve on the LAAC Board because I value LAAC’s critical role in training the next generation of legal service attorneys that advocate on our behalf at the state legislature.”

Nancy Muñoz Bigelow, Treasurer
Inland Counties Legal Services

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Alexis Alvarez
Legal Aid at Work

“I serve on the LAAC Board to actively further LAAC’s commitment to ensuring equal access to justice for low-income Californians by providing critical support to California’s legal nonprofits. Whether it is fighting for funding, providing training, or enabling statewide collaboration, LAAC is tireless in its advocacy on behalf of California’s legal services organizations, and I am honored to be a part of that work.”

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Martina Cucullu Lim
Eviction Defense Collaborative

“I serve on the LAAC Board of Directors because I am passionate about public interest work, and I share LAAC’s commitment to racial justice and DEI. LAAC’s proximity to the California legislature strongly positions it to advocate for policy initiatives that can remove system barriers to the non-profit legal profession.”

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Michael Godbe
California Indian Legal Services

“It’s simple but we still need reminding: finding justice in our legal system should not only be experienced by those with means. Civil legal aid is a necessary and invaluable safety net for low-income and marginalized communities, and LAAC supports the advocates whom keep people from falling – and hold the net when they do. I’m honored and proud to serve on the LAAC Board because I have seen and believe in the value of legal aid.”

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Jenni Gomez
Legal Services of Northern California

“I serve on the LAAC board because I am passionate about legal aid work, and LAAC consistently supports, empowers and trains my public interest colleagues to be zealous, client-centered advocates for our communities.”

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Lauren Hansen 
Public Interest Law Project

“I serve on the LAAC Board to ensure that all legal aid programs have the resources they need to help the most vulnerable residents of California. Low-income people experiencing legal problems are in desperate need of quality legal representation, and LAAC plays a critical role in making sure that those  resources are available.”

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Kim Kruckel
Child Care Law Center

“I am honored to be on LAAC’s board. Our whole society benefits when every individual can work, live and raise their family with dignity. By protecting and expanding our legal aid services, LAAC is making a difference.”

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Tashara Kuspa
Central California Legal Services

“LAAC identifies a need in the legal aid community of California, and it takes steps to meet that need—whether through advocacy, training, or education. LAAC provides members of the public with self-help legal information and identifies locations where people can go to obtain further help. LAAC facilitates collaborations between non-profit legal aid organizations, and develops programs specific to its member organizations to help each organization reach its full potential. There are so many reasons why I am proud to be a member of LAAC’s board of directors. Mostly, I am just thankful for an opportunity to give back to an organization wholly focused on giving to and strengthening others in need.”

Adam Murray
Inner City Law Center

“I serve on the LAAC Board of Directors because of LAAC’s deep and longstanding commitment to supporting the lawyers who are fighting to end poverty in California.”

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Nicole Perez
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

“LAAC is the bedrock for California’s legal services; it spearheads critical funding, leads innovative advocacy trainings, and is moving the needle forward on racial justice in civil legal aid. As a lifelong legal aid attorney, I am proud to serve on the LAAC board and amplify our shared mission to promote diversity and inclusion in legal services, while strengthening legal aid’s capacity to serve our low-income neighbors facing legal crises.”

Julie Pollock
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)

“I believe that every person has a responsibility to use their unique skills and talents to make our communities more equitable, and to improve each other’s lives. I serve on the LAAC Board because our legal system does not operate in a way that works for everyone. LAAC creates a united voice for those responding to unmet community needs and working to make our legal system more accessible.”

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Pablo Ramirez
Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino

“I serve on the LAAC Board because I want to invest in my community, believe change is possible, and I am passionate about helping and legal aid work.”

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Yeison Soto Valdez
Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice

“I serve on the LAAC Board to ensure that legal services nonprofits continue to have access to the tools, trainings, and support that they need in order to provide quality legal services to low income Californians. Today, low income Californians are more vulnerable than ever and we must ensure that legal services nonprofits are properly equipped to serve those who otherwise would not have access to justice.”

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Marcus Tang
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

“I serve on the LAAC Board because LAAC is a strong champion for legal aid programs that ensure our most vulnerable populations have access to justice. I love learning about the incredible advocacy and work being done by legal aid programs throughout California, and am proud of LAAC’s critical role in supporting and advocating for the legal aid community.”

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Jora Trang

The legal aid community plays a critical role in contributing to and building a Race Equity Culture that is focused on a proactive counteraction of race inequities and structural racism. I serve on the LAAC Board because I am passionate about ensuring that legal aid organizations have the capacity to engage in race equity work in solidarity with each other. This includes strengthening their own inclusivity, representation, and internal race equity culture while engaging in solidarity work in these efforts.

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Elica Vafaie
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

“I serve on the LAAC board because I believe in the important role they play to coordinate and strengthen legal aid across California, which is critically needed to collectively dismantle systems of oppression and build a more just and equitable society.”