JENNIFER SMITH, ESQ. |SENIOR ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT ATTORNEY

Jennifer Smith works in the Economic Advancement Program, focusing on workers’ rights, consumer rights, and reentry issues. Jennifer has significant experience representing workers in a wide variety of employment -related matters. At the start of her career, Jennifer worked in the farmworker division of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Weslaco, Texas. There, she represented migrant farmworkers in legal disputes with … Read More

Misha Seay, Esq. | Immigration Managing Attorney

Misha first joined our team in January 2015 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by The Morrison and Foerster Foundation. Her project focused on providing legal representation to immigrant youth and creating a “juvenile docket” in collaboration with the San Francisco Immigration Court. Her current work focuses on deportation defense for adults and children, including immigrants in detention. She … Read More

Daniel Saver, Esq. | Senior Housing Attorney

Daniel Saver has pioneered our community lawyering practice, which combines direct representation of individual families with legal support for broader efforts in the community to bring about long-term, systemic change. As part of this model, Daniel has cultivated deep, strategic partnerships with community organizers in order to contribute to a truly grassroots movement in which the people most affected by … Read More

Fabián Sánchez Coronado | Housing Fellow

Fabián Sánchez Coronado joined us in October 2018 as a Housing Rights Fellow. He is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law, where he participated in the Workers’ Rights and Immigration Law Clinics, and helped fundraise to support law students pursuing public interest work. Previously, he was an organizer with the United Farm Workers Foundation in Bakersfield, CA, working alongside … Read More

NAZANIN SALEHI | STAFF HOUSING ATTORNEY

Nazanin joined us in 2017 as a housing fellow to advocate for tenants’ rights and housing policy reform and resist the displacement of low-income and underserved communities. During her undergraduate studies, Nazanin became involved with the public service community on campus. Through her service in New Orleans, she became interested in practicing law at the intersection of racial justice and … Read More

Marina Reyes | DOJ Accredited Representative

Marina grew up in the Bay Area and is a graduate of San Francisco State University where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. As an undergrad, Marina interned at the Citizenship and Immigration Program at CET in San Jose, where she gained valuable knowledge on immigration law. Marina joined our team in the summer of 2014. She is … Read More

Meghana Ravikumar | Immigration paralegal

Meghana was raised by Indian immigrant parents in Santa Clara, CA. Being witness to the economic inequality in Silicon Valley imbued in her an interest in social justice from a young age. She went on to receive her B.A. in History with a focus on Colonialism and Imperialism from Scripps College in May 2017. During her time there, she explored … Read More

Rebecca Pinger, Esq. | Finance Director

Rebecca began volunteering with us while attending USF School of Law and earned two Wiley Awards for providing pro bono services through our programs. She became a staff attorney in the Anti-Predatory Lending program in 2011. Through her foreclosure prevention and loan modification work, Rebecca helped keep many residents in the community by helping them restructure their debt to obtain … Read More

Rene Alejandro Ortega | Senior Housing Attorney

Admitted to practice law in California, New York, and Connecticut, René, prior to moving back to the Bay Area in 2015, practiced on the East Coast with a large regional law firm for close to twelve years. His practice included land use, real estate, property tax, administrative, enforcement, public utility, and environmental matters. René litigated environmental, land use, property and … Read More

Keith Ogden, Esq. | Senior Housing Attorney

Keith Ogden joined us in 2011 after completing a Bridge Fellowship with Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), where he assisted clients on loan servicing and loan modification related matters. Keith’s initial housing work with us focused on foreclosure prevention for lower-income homeowners. Since 2011, Keith has spearheaded the collaborative Anti-Payday Lending Initiative, working with allies and local governments to … Read More