Liz Guillen, director of legislative and community affairs, joined Public Advocates in 2002. She has extensive experience advocating for the education rights of traditionally disenfranchised students, including undocumented immigrant students, in California’s K-12 public schools and in higher education. Working from Public Advocates’ Sacramento office, she focuses her policy advocacy on improving “opportunities to learn” across the state, collaborating closely with a statewide coalition of community and grassroots organizations representing low-income and immigrant communities of color.
Liz came to Public Advocates from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she worked as staff attorney and then legislative counsel. She is a kayaker of calm waters and enjoys wildflower hikes and identifying raptors.