Nona leads AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy work in California. She supervises AFJ’s California team and ensures that AFJ offers expert training, resources, and technical assistance to support nonprofits and foundations conducting advocacy in our state. She is a thought leader who directs advocacy efforts to protect nonprofit advocacy rights and builds relationships with key partners.
Nona previously served as Directing Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where she and her team represented nonprofits in community economic development, land use, tax, real estate, and corporate matters. She also has experience in policy advocacy, employment law, strategic planning, and organizational capacity building. Before working at Legal Aid, Nona was a litigator at the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Nona earned her law degree from Georgetown and bachelors’ degrees in International Relations and French from the University of Southern California. She is on the board of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, a member of the LA Council on Immigrant Integration, and served on the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board for over a decade. She has also taught Public Policy and Law at the University of Southern California.