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This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.
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Yvonne Mariajimenez

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
President & CEO
Glendale CA
Yvonne Mariajimenez is a Los Angeles native. 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 working with and advocating on behalf of the poor. Her work is personal to her as she was born into and raised in poverty.
Yvonne is the President & CEO of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), a private, nonprofit regional law firm funded by the LSC to provide free legal services and advocacy to low income families and individuals, in those civil matters which most impact the poor. She oversees a budget of $20 million, a staff of 150, including 60 lawyers. In 2019, NLSLA served over 150,000 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. Today, she is an active participant in policy advocacy projects related to health care, housing and homeless prevention, re-entry and domestic violence.

Yvonne, a champion of NLSLA’s Medical Legal Community Partnerships (MLCP), has led an effort with LA County Department of Health Services (DHS) to embed the MLCP model into the LA County health delivery system. In 2019, DHS made MLCPs a permanent feature of LA County’s health delivery system.
 
At the onset of the foreclosure crisis, Yvonne led a team of lawyers and pro bono bankers who designed a foreclosure prevention strategy which was presented to Secretary of HUD, Shaun Donovan, and the U.S. Treasury. They endorsed the model which led to a $10 million pilot project, funded with TARP funds, for the City of Los Angeles to stem the tide of foreclosures in the city.

Yvonne has served on a number of boards, including the Los Angeles County Commission for Women, MIE and the Heart of Los Angeles. She was named Loyola Law School Public Interest Attorney of the Year, honored as a Pioneer Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles City Council and a recipient of the One Justice Opening Doors to Justice Award recognizing her work on behalf of Californians in need. Yvonne may be reached at ymariajimenez@nlsla.org.