As the Southern California Director for AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy program, Nona manages AFJ’s Southern California office; builds partnerships with nonprofits and foundations in the region that are engaged in policy advocacy; and builds the capacity of these groups to advocate for policy and systems change by providing legal and practical training, technical assistance, and publications to ensure groups have the knowledge they need to become confident advocates and tools to help them navigate complex advocacy rules.
Nona previously worked as an attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where her practice focused primarily on representing nonprofits in community economic development, land use, community benefits agreements, nonprofit tax, real estate, and corporate legal assistance. She also has experience in employment law, strategic planning, and organizational capacity building. She has often engaged in policy advocacy, with an emphasis in workforce development, targeted and local hiring policies.
Nona earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and undergraduate degrees in International Relations and French from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Council on Immigrant Integration (a project of the California Community Foundation) and served on the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board for over a decade. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Southern California.