As deputy director of one of Southern California’s most prominent legal nonprofits, Yvonne Mariajimenez assists in overseeing day-to-day operations, administration, fundraising and program policy. She also fights to create and preserve opportunities for individuals and families in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods in the areas of workforce development, family law, immigration and health care.

Yvonne is directly involved in both individual cases and broad public policy efforts. For example, she recently led a team of NLSLA advocates who worked with public officials at the local, state and national level to create a principal reduction program to help families and neighborhoods hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. The program, based on the experiences of NLSLA clients across Los Angeles County, has since become a national model.

Yvonne began her legal services career in 1978 at San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services—the predecessor organization to NLSLA— where she specialized in housing issues. In the years since, she has received many awards and recognitions. She was a nominee for Woman of the Year by Council of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, an advisory group to former President Vicente Fox, Republic of Mexico; served as vice president of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women; and has worked on several Advisory Committees for the Legal Services Corporation. She was recently chosen by Loyola Law School as Public Interest Attorney of the Year.