MADELINE MUSANTE | DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Madeline calls Eureka, CA her first home. Prior to joining us, she received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in International Relations with a focus on history and a minor in Creative Writing. During her studies, she worked as an editorial intern for Stanford Social Innovation Review, served as an undergraduate research assistant with the Immigration Policy Lab, and proudly … Read More

Jeanne Merino, Esq. | Consulting Supervising Attorney

Jeanne Merino has worked as the Consulting Supervising Attorney of our Housing Program since our inception in 2002. Prior to working with us, Jeanne was a clinical supervisor at the East Palo Alto Community Law Project for nine years. She has taught courses in Community Law Practice, Problem-Solving, Federal Litigation, Legal Research and Writing and Housing at both Stanford University … Read More

VIOLET MEDINA | BOOKKEEPER

Violet received her A.S. degree in Accounting from Mission College in Santa Clara, CA. She grew up in Washington State all through high school, and loved the gloomy and rainy weather. For the past 4 years she has worked as a bookkeeper and human resources/office manager for a mobile advertising high tech company in San Mateo, California. She is excited … Read More

Margaret McBride, Esq. | Senior Housing Attorney

Margaret earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with a concentration in Social Justice Lawyering. As a law student, Margaret worked with several Bay Area organizations dedicated to promoting housing rights, including the Mental Health Advocacy Project, the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, and the National Housing Law Project. During law school, Margaret … Read More

Maria Mata, Esq. | Deputy Director

Maria’s passion for public service began as an outgrowth from her experiences growing up in East Palo Alto. Prior to joining us in February 2017, Maria worked as a government benefits attorney for the LIBRE project at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, where she represented immigrant clients facing an array of health and public benefits issues. Maria … Read More

Soe Lopez | Operations Manager

Soe grew up in the community of Redwood City and graduated from Woodside High School in 1996. She began her career in office management with Resources for Reading. Soe joined us in YEAR and has been instrumental in helping us grow.Soe is proud to be part of a team that offers legal assistance to the local community.

Katrina Logan, Esq. | Economic Advancement Program Director

Katrina leads the Economic Advancement Program, focusing on reentry and consumer law practice areas. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association and volunteers as an assistant coach with the Stanford Women’s Rugby Club. Katrina earned her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law where she graduated with a Public Interest Certificate and … Read More

Phil Hwang, Esq. | Executive Director

Phil joined our organization as Executive Director in 2012. Previously, he served as the Director of Policy and Programs at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he oversaw the organization’s programmatic and policy work, supervised a pro bono project serving low-income refugees, and litigated impact cases in the area of immigrant and refugee … Read More

Scott Hochberg, Esq. | Workers’ Rights Staff Attorney

Scott Hochberg started our employment law practice in 2015, making us the only provider of workers’ rights legal services located in San Mateo County. Scott represents workers in East Palo Alto and Silicon Valley on the full range of employment matters, from wage theft and discrimination to immigration-based retaliation and disability accommodations. Since the beginning of his Skadden Fellowship, he … Read More