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 Deputy Director for 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 most impacting the poor. She helps to oversee a budget of $18 million, a staff of 130, including 50 lawyers. In 2018, NLSLA served over 100,000 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 health care, housing, 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. NLSLA is poised to implement that structure in the DHS in September 2019. A significant achievement for NLSLA, and one which further increases its ability to impact the social determinants of health for low-income Angelenos.
Yvonne also 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.