Western Regional Office (Los Angeles, CA)
The Western Regional Office is located at the National Headquarters in Los Angeles, California. The office covers the following states: California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, and Northern Mariana Islands. The Office oversees MALDEF’s community leadership programs including the MALDEF Parent School Partnership (PSP) program, Domestic Violence Prevention Program, CREATE! and the Los Angeles Multicultural Educational Collaborative (LAMEC).
634 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Nancy Ramirez is the Western Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights law firm. As Regional Counsel, she helps to determine the litigation and public policy priorities for the Western region, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii. With a staff of four attorneys and five non-attorneys, the regional office represents Latinos in education, employment, voting rights, immigrants’ rights and public resource equity cases. Ms. Ramirez also served as a voting rights staff attorney with MALDEF from 1991 – 1997.
From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Ramirez was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), a nonprofit community law office in Boyle Heights that provides free legal services to indigent residents of Los Angeles County. She managed a staff of 17 and a budget of $1.1 million. From 2001 to 2005 she was the LACLJ’s Managing Attorney for the Consumer Unit representing victims of consumer fraud. She also represented victims of domestic violence in their family law cases.
Ms. Ramirez was the Director of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s Orange County and Washington D.C. offices from 1997 to 1999 and Director of Outreach for California’s 2000 Census Campaign. In addition, she taught legal writing at the University of Southern California Law School in 2003-2004.
She is a 1990 graduate of Harvard Law School and 1987 graduate of U.C. Berkeley.