Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Yvonne is a Los Angeles native, born and raised in East Los Angeles. She holds a B.S. from USC in Business Administration and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. She has dedicated her entire professional career as a lawyer to advocating for and on behalf of the poor. Her work is very personal to her having been born into and raised in poverty. Yvonne is the Deputy Director for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), a private, nonprofit law firm funded to provide free legal services and advocacy to poor and low income families and individuals residing in Los Angeles County. She helps to oversee a budget of $13 million, a staff of 110, including 45 lawyers. In 2010, NLSLA served over 80,000 individuals. Yvonne began her legal services career in 1978 at San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services where she specialized in federal subsidized housing and equity fraud cases. She currently focuses on policy advocacy projects related to housing/foreclosures, health care, domestic violence, workforce development and immigration. For over a year, Yvonne has lead a team of lawyers and worked with One L.A. member institutions comprised of faith based organizations and non-profits in pursuing a principal reduction foreclosure prevention strategy which will dramatically reduce foreclosure rates and assist families, with homeownership capacity, to keep their homes. Yvonne presented the plan to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, and the U.S. Treasury, which vetted and supported the plan. She was a nominee for Woman of the Year by the Mexican American Bar Association. Yvonne is a former member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad an advisory group to former President Vicente Fox, Republic of Mexico. A past Vice-President for the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and a member of Comision Femenil, Yvonne was named Loyola Law School Public Interest Attorney of the Year and honored as a Pioneer Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles City Council.