As the Managing Attorney of Bay Area Legal Aid’s Alameda County regional office, Ariella leads a team of over 45 attorneys and various volunteers, law student interns and social workers, in providing legal services to low income Bay Area residents in domestic violence (family law and immigration), housing, economic justice, health access, youth justice and reentry legal services. Ariella oversees the office’s broader systemic reform efforts and community engagement, and provides programmatic expertise in designing and supporting social justice initiatives impacting underserved communities.
As a member of the Leadership Team of BayLegal’s seven county program, Ariella participates in strategic decision-making regarding the larger program’s operations, firm-wide policies and allocation of resources. She also coordinates the firm’s legislative efforts and promotes cross-county collaboration to enhance service delivery and impact advocacy.
Prior to this, as a Domestic Violence attorney in BayLegal’s San Francisco office, Ariella represented numerous domestic violence survivors across multiple practice areas and engaged in extensive and impactful policy advocacy on local, state and national levels related to domestic violence and its intersections with various areas of poverty law. She has trained professionals across multiple disciplines, and published various articles on interpersonal violence, 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