MALDEF corporate contacts


"In 2002, in order to better serve the burgeoning Latino population in the Southeastern U.S. MALDEF launched a full-service regional office in Atlanta, Georgia.

The office is charged with addressing needs for legal services and advocacy, ensuring, for example, that public schools' Latino children are provided an equitable education; fostering good relations between law enforcement and immigrant communities; and promoting fair employment.

In addition, the office also has a MALDEF Parent School Partnership (PSP) program, which provides a 16-week course for parents on how to become involved in their children's education."

1. MALDEF Headquarters

Location and Contact Information

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
634 S. Spring Street, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 629-2512
(213) 629-8016 fax

Contact Officer

Meyling Eliash-Denshfar, Director of Communications and Public Policy
(213) 629-2512 ext.115

Blanca Rojas 
Directora de Escuelas and Padres Líderes

Isabel Sance-Valverde
Secretaria del Programa

Regional Office
41 Marrieta St. Suite #1000
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 678-559-1071
Fax: 678-559-1079


PSP Director: 

Legal Programs: 

Diana L. Eraydin, Paralegal
Diana Sen Connerty, Staff Attorney
Joel Alvarado, Policy Analyst
Josephina Prieto, Legal Secretary
Leslie Lobos, Staff Attorney
Tisha Tallman, Regional Counsel



Regional Office
188 W. Randolph St. #1405
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-782-1422
Fax: 312-782-1428


Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund


188 W. Randolph Street, Suite 1405
Virginia Valdez - Fiscal Analyst
Chicago, IL 60601
Type: advocacy
Phone: (312) 782-1422 x22
Fax: (312) 782-1428

Alonzo Rivas: Staff Attorney
Baldemar Lopez: Paralegal
Carmen Acevedo: Senior Legal Secretary
Irene Padilla: Receptionist/Secretary
Jorge Sanchez: Staff Attorney
Maria Valdez: Regional Counsel




Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund - (TX)


210 E.Houston, Suite 300
Jesse Gutierrez - 
San Antonio, TX 78205
Type: advocacy
Phone: (210) 224-5476
Fax: (210) 224-5382

Houston Ripley House

Program Office
4410 Navigation #229
Houston, TX 77011
Phone: 713-315-6494
Fax: 713-315-6404

Community Educational Leadership Development

Mary Alice Escobedo: Program Office Assistant

Regional Office
140 E. Houston St. #300
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-224-5476
Fax: 210-224-5382

Legal Programs

Carmen Leija: Legal Secretary
David Hinojosa: Staff Attorney: 
Isabel Piña: Senior Legal Secretary
Linda Tavares: Litigation Clerk
Luis Figueroa: Interim Regional Counsel
Nina Perales: Regional Counsel
Yolanda Reyes: Paralegal

4. Los Angeles

In 1986, MALDEF moved its headquarters to Los Angeles, retaining San Francisco as a regional office. In 1991, the building which will serve as the organization’s permanent headquarters — the MALDEF Nonprofit Center was purchased. This gave MALDEF the opportunity to enhance its mission but also to enable dialogue, cooperation and broad based coalition building. The center houses other nonprofit organizations serving the minority and under served communities.

National Headquarters
634 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: 213-629-2512

Community Educational Leadership Development

Araceli Simeon-Luna: Los Angeles Parent School 
Partnership Director

Frank Molina: Parent School Partnership Trainer

John Hurtado: National Parent School Partnership Director

Melina Chavez: CELD Secretary
Norma Vega: Parent School Partnership Trainer
Ramona Corral: National PSP Technical Assistant


Adrienne Costello: Associate Director of Individual Giving
Javier Angulo: Associate Director of Development
Judy Orrante: Secretary
Natasha Saggar: Secretary
Ray Ramirez: Vice President of Development
Shelley Taniguchi: Special Events Coordinator

Finance and Administration

HR/Offices Services Secretary: (open)

Carlito Manasan: Building Engineer
Christine A. Martinez: Human Resources Manager
Cleotilde Rodriguez: Receptionist
Leticia Urquidi: Accountant (General Ledger)
May Chung: Accountant (Accounts Payable)
Robert Hettinger: Vice President Finance and Administration
Sylvia Jones: MIS Coordinator/Office Manager

L.A. Regional Staff

Fermin Rodriguez: Los Angeles Regional Paralegal
Gabriel Sanchez: Litigation Clerk
Hector Villagra: Regional Counsel
Lucy Silva: Senior Legal Secretary
Maria Cabadas: Legal Secretary
Steve Reyes: Staff Attorney
Victor Rodriguez: Staff Attorney


Agustin Corral: Paralegal Day Laborer Project
Belinda Escobosa: Staff Attorney
Martin A. Munoz: Secretary
Shaheena Simons: Staff Attorney
Thomas A. Saenz: Vice President of Litigation
Victor Viramontes: Staff Attorney for Higher Education
President's Office: Ann Marie Tallman

President and General Counsel

Arturo Carmona: Executive Assistant
Lisbeth Espinosa: Admin Assistant

Public Policy

JC Flores: Director Of Communications
Jimena Vasquez: Statewide Latino Preschool Children Outreach Dir.
Vibiana Andrade: Vice President of Public Policy

JC Flores, 213/629-2512 ext. 124
Communication Partners
Tom Phillips, 212/935-4655


926 J Street, Suite 408

Alonzo Guadalupe - 
Sacramento, CA 95814
Type: advocacy
Phone: (916) 443-7531

Fax: (916) 443-1541



Satellite Office
926 'J' Street #422
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-443-7531
Fax: 916-443-1541

Public Policy

Cynthia Alvillar
Legislative Staff Attorney

Francisco Estrada
Director of Public Policy

Lindy Lucero
Legislative Policy Analyst

Rita Durgin
Legislative Secretary


Regional Office
1717 'K' Street NW #311
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-293-2828
Fax: 202-293-2849

Public Policy

Angela Hooton
Legislative Staff Attorney

Jim Ferg-Cadima
Interim Regional Counsel

Katherine Culliton
Legislative Staff Attorney

Nelly B. Valdes
Administrative Assistant

Rachel Estrada
Public Affairs/Special Events Coordinator

Zixta Martinez
Legislative Staff Attorney

202 East McDowell Road, Suite 170
Phoenix, AZ 85004


1606 Central Ave., SE Ste. 201
Albuquerque, NM 87106
505.246.9164 Fax