Ella Paningbatan (she/her)
Ella joined LAAC in November 2023 as the Advocacy Assistant. She works closely with LAAC’s Advocacy Director in planning and supporting various projects that aim to increase state funding for legal aid, build connections between legislators and legal aid organizations within their networks, and more.
Ella is currently a fourth-year student majoring in Political Economy with a concentration on Global Inequalities at the University of California, Berkeley. She is passionate about combating economic inequality, especially in formerly-colonized nations, and learning about the intersection of law and economics in global development. During her free time, you can find Ella reading books of different genres under her bed covers or in a local coffee shop, listening to Taylor Swift, and painting with her friends.