Our Staff

Ana Baires Mira

Staff Attorney

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6342

Ana joined LSC in March 2016 with a background in housing and criminal law. Prior to attending law school, Ana was a paralegal at a small firm in Oakland that focused on immigration law. In law school, she focused on public interest and criminal law. She was a Judicial Extern for Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stuart Hing, and interned with the Family Violence Law Center and the Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Francisco County District Attorney’s Offices. Prior to LSC, Ana was a staff attorney at Centro Legal de la Raza where she represented low-income clients against unlawful evictions and rent increases. Ana was raised in Oakland and in her free time likes to spend time with her family and enjoy the outdoors.

Nicole Bates

Equal Justice Works Fellow

B.A., Howard University; J.D., UC Hastings School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6334

Nicole volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children. As a CASA, she worked collaboratively with attorneys, social workers, therapists, and teachers to identify needed services for youth. Nicole brings a unique understanding of the impact trauma has on underserved communities, particularly children with histories of trauma. In her free time, Nicole enjoys live music, reading, and traveling.

Reyna Burgos

DICP Coordinator

B.A., San Francisco State University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6343

Reyna joined LSC in September 2005. She manages the Detained Immigrant Children’s Project. Her main focus is providing direct support for detained Spanish-speaking immigrant youth. Reyna’s professional background includes working as a certified mediator, certified domestic violence counselor, and a suicide hotline counselor. As a mediator and counselor, she assisted adults and youth who faced substance abuse, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS-related issues. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her four-legged child KittyCat, her nephews Giovanne and Issa, and her niece Genevieve.

Cecilia Candia

Staff Attorney

B.A., Smith College; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6359

Cecilia joined LSC in December 2014 with a background in education and immigration law. Prior to attending law school, Cecilia worked in at the International Language Institute in Northampton, Massachusetts, as a Spanish and English teacher and as the Adult ESOL program coordinator. In law school, she focused on public interest and immigration law, while volunteering with the Boston Interpreters Collective. She interned with Greater Boston Legal Services, the ACLU of Texas, and La Raza Centro Legal Inc of San Francisco. At La Raza Centro Legal, Cecilia was the Coordinating Attorney. Cecilia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Cecilia is Co-Chair of the Immigration Committee of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the NLG. In her spare time, Cecilia likes to explore the East Bay on her bicycle and hike in the hills.

Tanhya Cardenas

Legal Assistant

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Direct Line: (415) 780-6350

Tanhya joined LSC in June 2015. She graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Tanhya’s career aspirations are to become a lawyer working with underrepresented communities. Her passion stemmed from her own upbringing, growing up in a primary economically disadvantaged Latino community who confronted different forms of injustice every day. Her social justice work is driven to bring about a more just society. Working to help give people agency and autonomy in their legal decisions, and empower to continue growing. Outside of work at LSC, Tanhya enjoys salsa dancing, writing poetry, singing, hiking, and spending time with family.

Linn Chiu

Senior Social Worker

B.A., Ohio University; M.S.W., San Francisco State University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6353

Linn joined the LSC team in June 2008. Linn has been a social worker working primarily with foster care/homeless/runaway youth for the past 17 years both in New York City and San Francisco. She has a deep commitment towards social and racial justice and has a particular interest in working with queer/LGBT youth and youth aging out of foster care. At LSC, Linn provides advocacy for youth in many legal practice areas but primarily in legal guardianships. Linn co-facilitates the Young Women’s Empowerment Project support group and as the Wellness Director, she pays focused attention on bringing trauma-informed practices and services to both clients and staff at LSC. She received her License in Clinical Social Work in California in June 2013. In her spare time, Linn loves spending time at the ocean, traveling, and crafting.

Moises Cruz

Office Manager

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6336

Moises joined LSC in June 2013. He grew up in Southern California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Spanish: Hispanic Languages & Bilingual Issues. Moises is deeply fascinated in languages, particularly with code switching in conversations and literature. In his spare time, he enjoys learning and experimenting with art practice techniques, reading manga and fictional literature, cooking his ama’s recipes, playing badminton, running, and playing mahjong and Blokus.

Jen Daly

Senior Attorney

B.A., Boston College; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6351

Jen joined the LSC team in June 2016. Jen brings 20 years of experience working with youth in various capacities. Jen began her career in 1997 as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working with abused and neglected children. She spent several years working as a counselor for drug addicted teens at Thunder Road Adolescent Drug Treatment Center in Oakland. She left Thunder Road to attend law school at Northeastern University School of Law. While in law school, Jen focused on juvenile justice issues. She has clerked for a Juvenile Court Judge, interned at a public defender’s office, worked as an advocate for women in prison and spent time in India working with refugees. For the nine years prior to joining the LSC team, Jen had a private law practice representing both parents and children in the San Francisco Dependency Court. Jen’s practice at LSC is focused on representing children in abuse and neglect cases and advocating for the rights of foster youth. Outside of work Jen enjoys relaxing at the Russian River, traveling and spending time with her many nieces and nephews.

Andrea Del-Pan

Senior Attorney

B.A., Saint Mary’s College of California; J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6330

Prior to joining LSC in 2007, Andrea managed the Tacoma office of TeamChild, a state-wide legal services agency in Washington State. At TeamChild, Andrea represented at-risk and incarcerated youth on their civil legal matters, including school discipline, enrollment, and special education. Earlier in her career, Andrea worked as a National Association of Public Interest Law fellow at Columbia Legal Services (CLS) in Wenatchee, Washington. At CLS, Andrea’s fellowship focused on representing monolingual Spanish speaking parents in contested custody cases and improving the delivery of social work services to low income families. After her two year fellowship, Andrea returned to the Bay Area and represented youth in dependency and delinquency proceedings, and monolingual Spanish speaking parents in family law cases at the Family and Children’s Law Center in Marin County. Andrea’s work at LSC focuses on providing legal services to unaccompanied children facing deportation. She leads LSC’s Pro Bono Program – recruiting and mentoring volunteer attorneys in the private sector. Andrea is from the Philippines and proficient in Spanish. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys the outdoors as much as possible with her husband and daughter, Daniela.

Anjuli Arora Dow

Senior Attorney

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., Whittier School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6344

Anjuli joined LSC in 2014 to lead the Guardianship Project. Anjuli brings many years of experience representing children in various capacities including those in need of guardianships and advocating for guardians and youth in obtaining public benefits and SSI benefits. Anjuli previously worked as a policy attorney and a staff attorney at The Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles and also worked in the private sector practicing business and civil litigation. She was a fellow in the Center for Children’s Rights during her time as a student at Whittier School of Law and has her certification in International Law. Outside of work, Anjuli relishes in her other passion of parenting her two children and enjoys traveling and exploring the world with them and her partner. Originally from San Diego, Anjuli can often be found in search of (or dreaming of) beautiful beaches.

Christian Gutierrez

Legal Assistant

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6360

Christian came to LSC in December 2014 as a recent graduate of UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and Rhetoric. Christian’s dream is to attend law school so that he may one day advance social justice through public office – a passion which he developed while growing up in South Central Los Angeles. He is deeply interested in history and political issues. During his off time Christian relaxes by practicing martial arts, running, playing video games, and loves going to the movie theater.

Ronald Gutierrez

Clinical Director

B.A., Wesleyan University; M.S.W., Columbia University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6341

Ron has been practicing social work at LSC since 1996 and he received his Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credential in 1999. He has served in the role of Clinical Director at LSC since 2001, supervising the social work staff and coordinating the overall clinical services. From 1992 to 1994, Ron worked with Episcopal Social Services in New York City as a foster care caseworker serving families with predominantly Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage. Over the years, Ron has accumulated extensive clinical experience serving children and families with a diversity of racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. In 1999, he began presenting on the topics of Latino Identity and Cultural Competence, and has since spoken at numerous conferences and agencies across the country. Ron and his wife, Cherie, are the proud parents of two daughters. Outside of work, Ron is a competitive and accomplished trail runner and bike racer. He also enjoys commuting to LSC daily by bike. Ron identifies as Peruvian American and he is fluent in Spanish.

Gloria Jimenez Moran

Social Worker

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.S.W, University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6328

Gloria joined LSC in May 2016 as a recent MSW graduate of UC Berkeley. Born and raised in East Oakland, and one of 8 siblings to Jalisciense immigrant parents, has given Gloria the privilege to be exposed to interlocking strengths and struggles that have fueled her motivation in addressing mental health injustices/disparities within communities of color. Gloria values learning about families’ roots and stories, including her own, as a way to heal, connect, and take on a strengths-based approach. She enjoys spending time with family including her partner, gathering family narratives, photography, eating, writing, hiking, drinking tea, dancing and meditating.

Joyce Lupack

Grants and Contracts Manager

B.F.A., New York University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6345

Joyce joined LSC in 2016 with more than 12 years of experience in donor development, grant management and communications. Most recently she worked at Bay Area Legal Aid and before that at the San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate (SF CASA) Program. She is passionate about bringing a measure of justice to vulnerable people, particularly children and youth. She also enjoys working with adult learners and has tutored GED students and has taught a “Silver Surfers” class-- internet basics for seniors. Outside of work, she works to promote reform in the domestic adoption industry. She grew up in NYC but now happily lives in the East Bay with her wife, daughter, and dog Whisper, even though she is not a dog person.

Michael Magnaye

Development Director

B.A., University of the Philippines; M.A., Stanford University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6348

Michael, who joined LSC in 2015, oversees LSC’s resource development from a diverse portfolio of private foundations, government agencies, and individual donors. Michael has 17 years of experience in philanthropy and fund development in the fields of education, health care, international development, and media arts. Prior to joining LSC, he was the development director for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, a global organization working on systems-involved children, youth, and families. He has held senior staff positions at College Summit, Southwest Community Health Center, International Development Exchange, The Girl Scouts, and UNICEF. Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Michael was a documentary filmmaker whose work has been screened at film festivals and broadcast on television stations worldwide. When he’s not fundraising, he sings as a tenor at the Basilica Choir of Mission Dolores, the oldest church in San Francisco. He is also the proud owner of a large snow globe collection.

Erin Maxwell

Senior Social Worker

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.S.W, University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6338

Erin joined LSC in 2010. She is a social worker and the director of the Detained Immigrant Children’s Project. Prior to coming to LSC, Erin worked for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services advocating on behalf of unaccompanied detained immigrant children and with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project providing social work services to immigrant youth and detained adults. She has experience working with immigrants and refugees both domestically and internationally. She is fluent in Spanish. When not working, Erin enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling to beautiful beaches.

Ashley Connell Melwani

Staff Attorney

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6346

Ashley joined LSC in January 2014 with a background in education and public interest law. Ashley’s practice at LSC focuses on representing immigrant children in guardianship and immigration proceedings. She also oversees LSC’s DACA (“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”) Project. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she worked abroad as a teacher and program coordinator in Thailand, Argentina, and Nicaragua. She returned to the Bay Area for law school at the University of San Francisco, focusing her studies on civil rights and human rights law. Ashley’s clinical work included representing youth in the juvenile justice system, doing (anti-) death penalty work in Mississippi, working on LGBT asylum cases, and lobbying at the United Nations on issues pertaining to migrant detention. After graduating, Ashley worked for the international non-profit Asylum Access in Quito, Ecuador, where she represented refugees in a variety of legal proceedings. She has also worked at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, and for a small firm as a plaintiff’s employment law attorney. Originally from Montana, Ashley spends as much of her free time as possible outdoors. Her favorite hobby is introducing her daughter to the many wonders of the Bay Area.

Jennifer Oliva

Intake and Outreach Coordinator

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Direct Line: (415) 780-6329

Jennifer joined LSC in January of 2015. She has been deeply influenced by the immigrant/migrant community that she was brought up with in Los Angeles. She earned her B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focused on Central American social movements, mapping immigration processes, the Latin American diaspora, and the modes that communities create beauty and continue resistance despite their multiple struggles. She has worked with a wide range of organizations to advance the education and well-being of children, youth, and LGBTQ folks. All of which have informed and fueled her continual involvement in a movement that seeks to create “a world in which many worlds fit.” In her free time, Jennifer loves to read, dance, cook, eat, craft, and watch movies.

Eswin Quiñonez

Administrative Coordinator

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6331

Eswin joined the LSC team in March 2016 as a recent graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Chicano Studies with an emphasis in de-colonial thought and theory. He aspires to one day become a doctor, a dream that was fomented by the lack of health care resources and various public health issues present in the greater Los Angeles area. Eswin hopes to one day become an ally to those affected most by the pitfalls of the current health care system. He is deeply interested in learning more about history and human anatomy. On his time off he enjoys lifting weights, reading comics/manga, playing video games, and cooking.

Maria Ramirez

Social Worker

MSW San Jose University, School of Social Work

Direct Line: (415) 780-6355

Originally from Oxnard, CA, Maria has been working with young people in Oakland since 2002. In 2008, She received a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University’s School of Social Work. Prior to coming to LSC, Maria worked as a school social worker at ARISE High School, an independent charter school in Oakland’s Fruitvale District. Maria joined LSC in December 2016. When not at work, Maria loves to spend time reading, watching movies, and relaxing alongside her son and her partner.

Catherine Seitz

Legal Director

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., U.C. Hastings

Direct Line: (415) 780-6340

Catherine joined the LSC team as Legal Director in July 2015. She has a J.D. from U.C. Hastings and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from U.C. Berkeley. She has been working in the field of immigration law since 1990, starting out as a legal assistant and then a BIA Accredited Representative before her admission to the bar in December of 2001. Before joining LSC, she worked at Bay Area Legal Aid, Canal Alliance, the International Institute of the East Bay, and Simmons & Ungar. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is co-author of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s U Visa Manual and is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors with her border collie, Axel.

Hannah Smith

Development Associate

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6327

Kee Ana Smith

Staff Attorney

B.A., Saint Mary’s College; J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6337

Kee Ana joined LSC in March 2016. Prior to LSC, she attended law school at Golden Gate University School of Law where she focused her studies on family law and youth law. During her time in law school she interned at different organizations where she was able to work on dependency cases. The experience gained through these internships is what furthered Kee Ana’s passion for working with children. At LSC, Kee Ana represents youth in legal guardianship and juvenile dependency matters. In her free time, Kee Ana enjoys exploring fun and new places to eat, going to concerts, going to dog shows, and spending quality time with her family.

Rumeli Snyder

Senior Social Worker

B.A., Hampshire College; M.S.W., San Francisco State University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6354

Prior to joining the LSC staff in 2006, Rumeli was a clinical case manager at two of La Clinica de la Raza’s high school-based health centers in Oakland. She has extensive clinical and case management experience working with youth and families from diverse backgrounds. Rumeli focused on art and Spanish in her undergraduate program at Hampshire College. She then received her Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University in 2004 and her License in Clinical Social Work in August 2008. She is particularly interested in the issues facing unaccompanied Latino immigrant youth and she is fluent in Spanish. She was born and raised in Oakland and lives there with her partner Cyrus, their son Sandriz, and their cats Satsuki and Mapache. Rumeli also spends as much time as possible with her nephews, Selim and Naveed, and the rest of her family. Her interests include social justice, music, crafts, travel, good food, and finding treasures at thrift stores/flea markets/antique stores.

Abigail Trillin

Executive Director

B.A., Yale University; J.D., New York University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6333

As Executive Director, Abigail has overall leadership responsibility for the agency, where she has worked since 1996. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Abigail was the Managing Attorney for ten years and a staff attorney for six years prior to that. She has both direct service and policy expertise in all four LSC legal practice areas. Previous to joining LSC in 1996, Abigail worked at numerous charitable organizations with a focus on education, and taught at an inner-city school in Los Angeles. Abigail is one of the nation’s first Certified Child Welfare Law Specialists. She is proficient in Spanish. Every moment outside of work, Abigail and her husband enjoy their daughters, Isabelle and Rebecca.

Hayley Upshaw

Senior Attorney

B.A., University of Chicago; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6326

Hayley joined LSC in August 2008 when she was awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship to represent unaccompanied immigrant youth in the Bay Area, and stayed on with LSC as a staff attorney. She represents primarily immigrant youth in a variety of legal matters including dependency proceedings, probate guardianships, and immigration proceedings. Hayley oversees legal screenings and "Know Your Rights" presentations for unaccompanied immigrant youth. Hayley provides trainings regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and representing immigrant youth, and started a high school clinic at a local high school serving recently arrived immigrant youth. Hayley was formerly a public school teacher in San Jose, California. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. During law school, Hayley represented youth in school expulsion hearings and delinquency proceedings and provided special education advocacy for foster youth. Hayley learned Spanish during a year abroad in Spain and loves to travel. She is a big fan of the local food movement and makes a weekly trip to her local farmers market with her partner Rahul and their daughter Jaya.

Asher Waite-Jones

Equal Justice Works Fellow

J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6339

Asher joined LSC in September, 2016, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by ALM, with a strong commitment to serving young people, particularly homeless, LGBTQ, and systems-involved youth. Prior to law school, he worked as a paralegal for a prisoner’s civil rights legal nonprofit, and volunteered at a local needle exchange, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2014, Asher moved to the Bay Area to attend law school at UC Berkeley School of Law. During law school, he focused on criminal defense and immigration law, interning at the Bronx Defenders, the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office, and the East Bay Community Law Center in the Immigration and Homelessness Practices. At LSC, Asher’s fellowship centers around providing holistic representation to homeless youth in quality of life infraction cases, which are adjudicated in traffic court. Outside of work, Asher is a karaoke superstar, a frequent pie baker, and a devoted “gay uncle.”