Staff

Carol Bettencourt, Managing Attorney

As the EDC’s first paid employee, Carol has supervised the EDC’s legal services since our creation in 1996.

Maria Brambila, Rental Assistance Coordinator

Maria Brambila is a social justice advocate who graduated from San Francisco State University in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Health Education. While working as an Immigration Paralegal for three years, Maria developed a keen appreciation for supporting and empowering under-served individuals to learn and assert their rights. Now as a member of our Rental […]

Arianas Campos-Reese, Welcome & Security

Arianas attended Langston University. Prior to EDC, he worked bridging the digital divide among minorities and seniors at Access to Software for All People, and before that as a summer camp leader with Berkeley Youth Alternatives. Arianas feels that being involved in social justice work just feels good and that housing justice is especially important because it […]

Justin Chang, Staff Attorney

Prior to joining EDC, Justin served as an extern for San Francisco Superior Court Judge Bruce Chan. He was also a Law Clerk for the California Supreme Court Clinic at University of California, Davis as well as a Research Assistant at University of California, Davis, specifically researching the free speech clause of the first amendment. […]

Virginia Chapman, Rental Assistance Coordinator

Virginia has a long history of assisting people within her community. Her past work for the Homeless Prenatal Program for 13 years and the Public Defenders Office for a year before joining the EDC team has given her a unique set of knowledge that she utilizes in her daily work assisting clients. Virginia’s approach to social […]

Kimberly Craig, Volunteer & Pro Bono Coordinator and Legal Clerk

Kimberly first came to work with EDC as part of her field study while a student at UC Santa Cruz, where she also founded the Santa Cruz Tenant Organizing Committee and interned with Tenants Together. Housing Justice is important to Kim because she is a person born in San Francisco and who works in San Francisco, […]

Michelle Daniels, Shelter Client Advocate

Michelle Daniels San Francisco native born in raised Double Rock Alice Griffith Garden Homes. She attended SF City College, SF State, and SF New College. She has 25 plus years of Affordable Housing preservation and advocacy experience. Michelle was part of the beginning of EDC as former Director of the Coalition For Low Income Housing. She […]

Aaron Dawson, Staff Attorney

A comrade and social justice ally to diverse communities, Aaron Dawson has committed his career to serving underrepresented groups. He has worked tirelessly since his graduation from Santa Clara Law in 2011 by participating as an Intern at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica and eventually establishing his own practice, Alecto Law […]

Nicole Deane, Development & Communications Coordinator

Nicole Deane is an organizer, fundraiser, and media-maker who has been active in social justice movements in the Bay Area since 2012. Nicole  is proud to contribute to EDC’s mission of protecting tenants from homelessness and displacement here in San Francisco.

Tom Drohan, Litigation Attorney

Tom Drohan is a long time member of the housing justice community and has served tenants in San Francisco since 1992. A full time Supervising Housing Attorney at Legal Assistance to the Elderly (LAE), Tom also assists the EDC by providing advice to staff and representation for tenants as needed. Tom is also a musician and plays […]

Jessica Flores, Director of Operations and HR

Jessica Flores is a social justice advocate who graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in English and Philosophy. Before joining EDC as a volunteer and later an Office Manager, Jessica worked for various activist groups across the country such as the Community Justice Project in Miami, Florida. She is committed to Housing […]

Hannah Gallagher, RADCo Assistant Manager

Hannah attended UC Santa Cruz and graduated with a BA in Anthropology in 2010. She worked as a full time volunteer for Notre Dame Mission Volunteers – Americorps from 2010-2012 as a Family Engagement Coordinator at a community school in Redwood City. Prior to this, she worked as a crisis counselor/reunification counselor for Seneca Center […]

Shephali Ides, Rental Assistance Coordinator

Shephali has over 20 years of nonprofit experience, working with families and children in San Francisco

Nick Kimura, Shelter Client Advocate Supervisor

Nick Kimura is a long time social justice advocate who has experience in volunteering at the Coalition on Homelessness, being Chair of the Shelter Monitoring Committee in SF, and doing outreach work in HIV Prevention at the AIDS Office for the Department of Public Health. Nick firmly believes that inequality and mistreatment based on ignorant prejudices […]

Barbara Lam, Litigation Attorney

Barbara Lam is a Litigation Attorney. Barbara assists with our Trial Project and represents clients through all stages of the Unlawful Detainer. She is committed to Housing Justice and fighting for tenant rights.

Susan Mai, Paralegal

Susan completed her undergrad at Colgate University in East Asian Studies, Class of 2013. She then attended University of Chicago’s  Masters Program in the Humanities. Susan wants to use her knowledge and skills to help others and be a positive force in the world. She believes that no one should be in a position where making […]

Jayanti Muliyil, Staff Attorney

A graduate of UC Hastings Law School, Jayanti has dedicated herself to helping those who cannot help themselves. Before coming to EDC, Jayanti did immigration work and volunteered with JDC and Bay Area Legal Aid as a housing rights attorney. Jayanti enjoys helping people navigate the legal system and assert their rights as tenants.

Darren Orr, Senior Staff Attorney

Darren has been volunteering at the EDC since 2012. He earned his juris doctor with a certificate in public interest law from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2014. During law school, Darren focused on tenants’ rights and has been an advocate for housing law reform. Darren worked to advance renters’ rights […]

Luba Palionny, Government Contracts & Grants Manager

Luba Palionny has been working in the non-profit sector since 2002. Luba worked at Tides Foundation for 12 years as a Grants Manager and Fiscal Sponsor Advisor.  During this time Luba gained an in-depth knowledge and understanding of nonprofit management, grantmaking/philanthropy and fiscal sponsorship. In addition to Luba’s expertise in direct services and database management. Luba […]

Jacqueline Patton, Staff Attorney

Jacqueline has spent years advocating for underrepresented communities and is a recent Law School Graduate. Her internship for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, participation in Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Kansas Appleseed, and internship for Rep. Boog Highberger in the Kansas Legislature has given her outstanding experience that she utilizes daily in the EDC clinic. […]

Amy Price, Rental Assistance Manager

Amy Price joined the EDC in 2007.

Cora Lea Rose, Senior Staff Attorney (Clinic)

Cora Lea Rose joined the EDC in 2014 after serving as a fellow at Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, an economic justice project of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.  Prior to joining LCCR, Cora served as an attorney fellow in the litigation team at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and previously worked at Catholic Charities CYO Refugee & […]

Christian Siegenthaler, Law Clerk

Christian attended UC Davis and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science in 2008. Afterwards he attended University of San Francisco and graduated with a JD in 2016. Christian is an advocate of housing justice and believes that shelter is one of the essentials of everyday life. He enjoys providing service to our clients […]

Raymond Zamudio, Rental Assistance Coordinator

Raymond Zamudio is a native San Franciscan who was born and raised in the Mission district. He has worked in the non-profit field for over 20 years and has a strong passion for social justice. Raymond received his Undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2011. He is also fluent in Spanish.