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Mirya Muñoz-Roach serves as Chief Program Director for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle /King County (SVdP). Mirya holds a MA from Seattle University and a BA in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from the University of Florida. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, is bilingual and bicultural, and brings 25 years of experience, knowledge and skills organizing, working with and advocating for communities of Latino/Hispanic origin. She is the current Chair of the Multicultural/Diversity Commission for the SVdP District Council and a member of the National SVdP Latino Task Force. She was instrumental in the creation of Centro Rendu of SVdP, a Latino Education and Resource for Latino families in King County. Mirya also serves on the Washington State Access to Justice Board.
Terra Nevitt is the Director of Advancement at the Washington State Bar Association and has staffed the Washington State Access to Justice Board for the past two years. A graduate of the George Washington University Law School, Terra had been working for equity and justice for more than 11 years. She previously served as the Executive Director of a volunteer lawyer program in Whatcom County, Director of Immigration Services for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, and as a consultant with ECPAT International, an organization  ghting the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Dan Ophardt is a staff attorney in the Spokane County TeamChild of ce, where he has worked since 2013. His  rst year at TeamChild was made possible by the Northwestern University School of Law Public Interest Fellowship. Dan received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his BA from Ithaca College.
Marisa Ordonia is an Associate Attorney at Earthjustice, a non-pro t environmental law organization. Earthjustice wields the power of law and strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magni cent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. Prior to joining Earthjustice, Marisa completed a two-year fellowship with TeamChild as the Seattle University School of Law Leadership for Justice Fellow. Marisa is a 2014 graduate of Seattle University School of Law.
André M. Peñalver is a federal prosecutor in Tacoma, Washington, where he serves in the General Crimes Unit. Prior to working in criminal law, he was a civil litigator at the law  rms of Gordon Thomas Honeywell and Stokes Lawrence. Beyond his day job, André has a passion for access to justice, which led him to the Campaign for Equal Justice, various causes for the Latina/o Bar Association, and a whole lot of pro bono cases.
Professor Sara Rankin teaches at Seattle University School of Law. Professor Rankin is also the founder and Director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project (HRAP). Through HRAP, Professor Rankin oversees various projects to advance the civil, constitutional, and human rights of visibly poor people. HRAP also builds partnerships across a broad range of disciplines. Each year, HRAP releases a series of new reports that continue the group’s groundbreaking research into laws that target the visibly poor. HRAP’s award-winning work has been praised by legal aid organizations, services providers, community groups and city of cials for its impact.
Søren Rasmussen is a Communications Associate at Voices with a background in journalism, nonpro t communications, and political organizing. At Voices, he works with the JusticeVoices network to develop stories about civil legal aid for media placement nationally and locally, provides strategic guidance to ATJ commissions and local legal aid organizations, and trains civil justice advocates across the country in communications, messaging, and media. Søren holds a degree in journalism from the University of Southern Denmark and a master’s degree in Elections and Campaign Management from Fordham University. Søren was a  eld organizer on the 2014 gubernatorial race in Florida, worked on press and communications for one of the largest student unions in Denmark, and reported for the investigative magazine Fagbladet 3F.
Geoff Revelle is the Chair of the Access to Justice Board and is an attorney with FisherBroyles. Geoff’s practice focuses on assisting companies and executives on a broad range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt  nancing, general corporate work, licensing and distribution arrangements, senior executive employment arrangements, and business disputes. He has been on the Access to Justice Board since 2012 and served on the Board of Trustees for the King County Bar Foundation from 1993-2012.
Daryl Rodrigues is the former Chief Defender for Thurston County and prior to that the Chief Defender for the Colville Confederated Tribes. Daryl immigrated from England and is a naturalized citizen, he entered public defense after two decades of private criminal and civil litigation experience. Daryl earned a MA in Psychology and an MBA in Strategic Management in addition to the J.D. Daryl is the President of the Washington Defender Association, Vice-Chair of the WSBA Council on Public Defense and sits on the Supreme Court’s Capital Quali cations Committee.
Yurij Rudensky is a staff attorney with the Economic Justice Project at Columbia Legal Services. He works out of the Seattle of ce and focuses on issues of homelessness, voting rights, and debt collection. Prior to CLS, Yurij clerked for Judge Salvador Mendoza in the Eastern District of Washington and Justice Steve González with the Washington Supreme Court. He has presented on voting rights, homelessness, and legal writing.
Noah Samuels worked in his native Chicago as a litigation paralegal  ghting against predatory mortgage lending before moving out to Seattle in 2013, where he joined the Northwest Consumer Law Center just a few months after it opened. Over the past four years, with his contributions to its infrastructure and client services, NWCLC has grown into a key player in Washington’s statewide legal aid community

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