As Director of Program and Advocacy at Bay Area Legal Aid (“BayLegal”), Ariella is responsible for integrating BayLegal’s programs – across its seven-county firm, multiple practice areas, and multifaceted approaches (direct legal services, impact advocacy, and community work). Ariella coordinates and strategizes with BayLegal’s Managing Attorneys, Regional Counsel and Director of Litigation to enhance the firm’s impact and leverage its unique expertise in serving low-income and vulnerable communities. As a key member of BayLegal’s Leadership Team, she participates in strategic decision-making regarding the larger program’s operations, firm-wide policies and allocation of resources. She also coordinates BayLegal’s legislative efforts.
For 16 years, Ariella served as Managing Attorney of BayLegal’s largest office (Alameda County), leading a team of 45 attorneys, support staff, and social workers in providing high quality legal services to low-income county residents in domestic violence, family law, housing, economic justice, health access, youth justice, disability rights, immigration, and reentry legal services.
Prior to this, as a Domestic Violence Staff Attorney in BayLegal’s San Francisco office (formerly San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation), Ariella represented domestic violence survivors across multiple practice areas, engaged in extensive and impactful policy advocacy on local, state and national levels, trained professionals across multiple disciplines, and published various articles on interpersonal violence and its intersections with welfare, healthcare, and family law, including in Clearinghouse Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association, Western Journal of Medicine, Fordham Urban Law Journal, and the Western Center on Law & Poverty’s CalWORKs Manual.
B.A., Brown University
J.D., Harvard Law School