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奥克兰, CALIFORNIA – Centro Legal de la Raza’s 董事会 of Directors has chosen Monique Juanita Berlanga as Executive Director, 12月1日有效, 2021.
Berlanga joined Centro Legal six years ago and has led Centro Legal’s 租户的权利 Practice as the Directing Attorney for the past three years. 东湾人, she has personal and professional insight to the political, 经济, 以及东湾的社会气候. Berlanga holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, 伯克利法学院, and has over 10 years of public interest litigation experience. For Berlanga, Centro Legal has always been “home.” Berlanga has maintained connection to Centro Legal’s housing work since 2005, when she first began volunteering at Centro Legal’s legal clinics as a first-year law student.
Berlanga was selected from over 100 applicants in the nationwide search for Centro Legal de la Raza’s Executive Director.
Berlanga brings a multifaceted perspective, having represented low-income tenants in the East Bay for over ten years. 在加入先涛公司之前, she worked as a housing staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid where her practice focused on eviction defense in the context of subsidized housing and representation of tenants in fair housing matters. 在此之前, Berlanga spent five years as the managing attorney of the Eviction Defense Center in Oakland, 她就一个案子提起诉讼的地方,500 cases on behalf of low-income tenants facing eviction from their homes in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
最近, Berlanga assumed the Interim Co-Executive Director role, leading over 100 staff at Centro Legal. Berlanga的领导下, Centro Legal’s 租户的权利 Practice grew from a team of six to over forty, 为2家以上公司提供BG大游服务,500 last year tenants in Alameda County, and recently expanded into Contra Costa County. The Practice has significantly diversified its funding sources, 现在管理着27项拨款, and is partnering with Alameda County to administer over $130 million in federal rental assistance. The 租户的权利 Practice led advocacy efforts resulting in the Alameda County eviction moratorium–one of the strongest eviction moratoria in the country–which is continuing to save lives and prevent homelessness to this day.
贝兰加是国会议员. Cruz Reynoso Social Justice Fellowship. She also served as co-chair of the La Raza Law Students’ Association at 伯克利法学院—the organization out of which Centro Legal originated in 1969. Monique holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Hayward. Berlanga was the first person in her family to attend college. Monique is a member of the East Bay La Raza Lawyer’s Association and the Alameda County Bar Association. She was recently elected to serve as a 董事会 Member of East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO). Berlanga lives in San Leandro with her partner and their three sons.
“The 搜索 Committee and the 董事会 of Directors were very impressed by Monique’s life experience and impact in serving the East Bay community,塞吉奥·加西亚说, 董事会主席. “Centro Legal has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years to meet the increasing demand for legal services. 与莫尼克密切合作, I am confident that she will continue to provide inspired leadership, passion and commitment at Centro Legal as the organization continues to grow in reach throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Monique is the right person to take this fifty-plus year organization to the next level and spearhead Centro Legal’s mission and vision in building a pipeline of extraordinary leaders, providing excellent legal services and advancing racial equity in our community.”
“I am humbled and honored to be named as Centro Legal’s next Executive Director. The heart of Centro Legal remains strong and resilient, we are well positioned to take our organization and our innovative movement lawyering oriented model to the next level,”Berlanga说. “Centro Legal是一个社区捍卫者, where the needs of the community are centered and the community directly informs our program work. Having grown up in the East Bay, I am committed and honored to serve my community. 我的生活经验, BG大游的经验, and Centro Legal experience make me well positioned to lead Centro Legal into the next chapter of our storied history.”
成立于1969年, Centro Legal protects and advances the rights of low-income, 移民, 黑色的, and Latinx communities through bilingual legal representation, 教育, 和宣传. Centro Legal de la Raza combines quality legal services with know-your-rights 教育 and youth development, and ensures access to justice for thousands of individuals throughout Northern and Central California.