Earlier this fall, you met some new folks on our staff team, and we’re thrilled to let you know that they are not the only new members of the OneJustice family! We’re excited for you to meet the newest member of the OneJustice Board of Directors: Vanessa Frank, an immigration attorney with a growing practice in Ventura County. Previously, Vanessa also worked as a staff attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) Inc., one of OneJustice’s frequent partners on statewide projects. As you welcome Vanessa to the OneJustice board and network, we wanted to share some information to help you get to know her a little better.
I have known about and respected OneJustice’s work since I was in college in the Bay Area seeking a job and went to the Public Interest Clearinghouse to look through all the binders to dream of the career I might build for myself. I am so proud now to be on the Board to have the opportunity to work alongside folks from a variety of experiences and with the brilliant and dedicated staff.
What is your professional role and how do you hope to use your perspective as a Board member?
I have built my own human rights advocacy law firm from scratch here in Ventura County, California where our mission is to provide top-notch immigration legal advice and advocacy for our clients and also to build the movement for human dignity, political power, and solidarity among the diverse populations of the Central Coast.
What are your hopes for your time as a Board member?
I look forward to supporting the development and expansion of experimental projects to bring legal services and advocacy to rural and other marginalized communities across our state. For example, as a member of the Board of Directors, I have already attended a Central Coast Immigrant Defense Collaborative meeting with Attorney General Xavier Becerra and other state representatives.
Tell us about yourself – something you love to do, a hobby, recreational activity, or something quirky about yourself.
In my free time, I mostly find myself working on these same issues, but sometimes I also take time away from all of it, going skiing, traveling to visit friends around the world, or going backpacking in the wild.
Please join the entire OneJustice network in welcoming Vanessa to the Board of Directors!