Board of Directors

Lauren Hansen, Board Chair

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.”

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.”

Jessica Redditt, Secretary 

Bay Area Legal Aid

“I serve on the LAAC Board because as a legal aid attorney, I also feel responsible for preserving and increasing access to legal aid services. I am also dedicated to increasing representation of diverse attorneys in the legal aid community.”

Nancy Muñoz Bigelow, Treasurer

Inland Counties Legal Services

Alexis Alvarez

Legal Aid at Work

Denny Chan

Justice in Aging

“I serve proudly on the LAAC board during this time when the marginalized and poor’s access to legal aid is under threat, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to promote access to quality legal services for all low income Californians in a state as diverse as ours.”

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.”

Carolyn Kim

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles

“LAAC has been integral to legal services in California, and I would like to contribute to its efforts while learning from and adding to diverse perspectives on the LAAC Board.”

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.”

Nick Levenhagen

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.”

Creighton Mendivil

Senior Citizens Legal Services

“I serve on the LAAC Board of Directors because I believe in the mission of LAAC. I serve to help continue the great work LAAC does in enhancing the fantastic services provided by the California legal aid organizations. LAAC improves the legal aid organizations helping Californian’s in need.”

Adam Murray

Inner City Law Center

Gerson Sorto

Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County

“LAAC is such a fierce advocate for ensuring that the most vulnerable Californians have access to what are often life-sustaining legal services. As a legal services attorney, I had grown accustomed to receiving so much benefit and support from LAAC. When presented with the opportunity to to join the Board and for once to be of service to LAAC, I could not pass it up. I serve on the LAAC Board to help further increase its reach at a time when Legal Aid needs it the most.”

Victoria Snyder

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services

“I serve on the LAAC Board because I believe in the mission of LAAC and love feeling connected to the greater legal aid community and being a part of strengthening that community.”

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.”

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.”