Ana Maria Garcia has been working to expand access to justice since she received her JD from La Verne College of Law in 1997 and became a public interest lawyer. Currently, she is a Managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) where she oversees a network of nine self-help centers – the largest comprehensive network of court based self-help centers in the nation—that currently assists over 11,000 litigants every month.

Ms. Garcia serves on the Los Angeles County Commission For Women as a representative for the First District. She is also a member of the Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee.   Previously, Ms. Garcia served on both the Elkins Implementation Task Force and the Elkins Family Law Task Force where she worked with legal advocates, Court Administrators and Judges to develop policy recommendations making the family law process more efficient and user friendly.

Ms. Garcia is a past president of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association and a Graduate of the One-Justice Executive Fellowship program.   Finally, Ms. Garcia was awarded the 2011 Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) Family Law Direct Representation Award.