Yvonne Mariajimenez is President & CEO of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), a private, non-profit, Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funded program which provides free legal services to low-income individuals
residing in Los Angeles County. NLSLA has a budget of $30 million, a staff of 196, including 80 lawyers, who provided services to over 150,000 people in 2022.
NLSLA attorneys - working in offices, courthouses, hospital and health clinics throughout the county - specialize in areas of the law that disproportionately impact low-income people. NLSLA advocacy also seeks aims to unravel entrenched disparities that have resulted from longstanding injustice, systemic racism and institutionalized inequality.
Yvonne has a demonstrated background in litigation and policy advocacy in poverty law. Yvonne’s role as a legal aid lawyer is personal to her as she grew up in the communities NLSLA serves. Yvonne is a self-proclaimed beneficiary of the transformative work legal aid provides to low-income families. When Yvonne was a child, her mother was represented by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, which fought for and won SSI benefits, which kept the family economically stable.
Yvonne earned her B.S. in Business Administration at USC and her J.D. at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She is fluent in written and spoken Spanish.