What made you interested in becoming a member of the OneJustice Board of Directors?
When I look back over the course of my career, one of the accomplishments I’m most proud of is the work I did as a 3rd year law student in my school’s International Human Rights Law Clinic. My partner and I handled a case from start to finish, helping to obtain asylum for a young man who had fled his country as a teenager with no resources and had nowhere else to turn. I saw first hand how providing quality legal services to an individual at a critical point in their life could have a massively positive impact.
After graduating law school, I sought out opportunities to work with legal aid organizations but my career journey ultimately took me down a different path. When immigration issues took on a new level of urgency in January 2017, I established a pro bono program in the Box legal team. From there I became familiar with some of the great work OneJustice does (including as a clinic participant with the Box Legal team on the JusticeBus!).
What is your professional role and how do you hope to use your perspective in your work with OneJustice?
I’m General Counsel of Box, a Silicon Valley technology company. I’m also a Bay Area native (born and raised in San Jose!). I have over 20+ years of experience practicing law in the area and have strong ties to the Bay Area legal community (particularly to law firms and in house legal departments). I’ve also been fortunate to represent a number of boards over the years and have a strong understanding of how directors and good governance can add value to an organization. As a member of the OJ Board of Directors, I hope to draw on all of my experience to contribute to OJ’s success.
What would you like to accomplish as a Board member?
As a Board member, I’d like to help ensure OJ is set up for long-term success as an organization so that the OJ team can focus on the critical work of bringing legal help to those in need by transforming the legal aid system.
Tell us about yourself – interesting facts or what do you like to do for fun?
When I’m not working, you can usually find me hanging out with my family (wife, 2 teenagers and 2 dogs) at a local beach or park or exploring all the great things California has to offer.