NAZANIN SALEHI, ESQ | STAFF ATTORNEY, HOUSING PROGRAM

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, IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

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 | PARALEGAL, IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

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

KEITH OGDEN, ESQ. | MANAGING ATTORNEY, HOUSING PROGRAM

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

PATRICIA NARCISO, MA, CFRE | DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Patricia joined us in 2019 as Director of Strategic Partnerships, with responsibility for mobilizing community resources to support our mission. She has held executive leadership positions at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, The Health Trust, and Arts Council Silicon Valley, with earlier posts as adjunct faculty at Benedictine University and Santa Clara University. Past experience also includes co-founding a … Read More

VINUTA NAIK | SENIOR ATTORNEY, ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM

Vinuta joined the Economic Advancement Program team at CLSEPA in September 2019. Prior to joining CLSEPA, she developed an interest in criminal justice and reentry issues by serving in Public Defender offices across the Bay Area. She joined the East Bay Community Law Center’s Clean Slate Practice in 2015. Her work focused on removing collateral consequences and barriers to employment, … Read More

MARTHA RUCH, ESQ. | SENIOR ATTORNEY, IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

Prior to joining CLSEPA in September 2019, Martha was a removal defense staff attorney and an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. In law school, Martha interned at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and at the East Bay Community Law Center’s Neighborhood Justice Clinic. She was a clinical student in the East Bay Community Law Center’s … Read More

MADELINE MUSANTE | MANAGER OF INSTITUTIONAL GIVING

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. INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAMS

Jeanne Merino supervised the CLSEPA’s Housing Program at our organization’s founding in 2002. She has been affiliated with CLSEPA ever since, primarily supervising the housing intake clinics staffed by Stanford law students. During that time she also directed the Legal Research and Writing program at Stanford Law School. When she stepped down from that role in the summer of 2020, … Read More