Yvonne began her career at NLSLA more than 40 years ago. She has a demonstrated background in litigation and policy advocacy in those areas that most impact the poor: housing, Domestic Violence and Family Law, Immigration, public benefits and health.
Mariajimenez was NLSLA’s Deputy Director for more than 20 years, and has played a critical role in all of the organization’s accomplishments. Her enduring commitment to expanding access to health, housing, economic security, and justice has made her a fierce advocate for people living in poverty throughout Los Angeles.
One example of Mariajimenez’s work is NLSLA’s Medical Legal Community Partnerships (MLCP), which use the power of doctors, lawyers and other health professionals to identify and ameliorate the social determinants of health impacting both individual, family and community health status. Mariajimenez’s advocacy work led directly to the County’s adoption of the MLCP model—in close partnership with NLSLA—into its permanent service delivery system.
Mariajimenez earned her B.S. in Business Administration at USC and her J.D. at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She is proficient in Spanish.