Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Yvonne Maria-jimenez 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. She has dedicated her entire professional career as a lawyer to advocating for and on behalf of the poor and currently focuses on policy advocacy projects related to housing/foreclosures, health care, domestic violence, workforce development and immigration. 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. She holds a BS from USC in Business Administration and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.