Litigation Program Director
Jesse returned to Centro Legal in 2013 to create and run our first ever Litigation Program. As Litigation Director, Jesse represents low-income and immigrant workers, tenants, and other clients and communities in affirmative individual and class action lawsuits to protect their rights and improve working and living conditions more broadly. Jesse first worked at Centro as a Skadden fellow from 2007 to 2009, teaching an introductory law class and running a site-based legal clinic at Melrose Leadership Academy, a public junior high school in East Oakland. Since then, Jesse has been Centro Legal’s Interim Legal Services Director and Executive Director, and has practiced in the areas of employment, housing, immigration, and consumer law. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2006, Jesse completed both federal district and appellate court clerkships on the Ninth Circuit, for Judges Dean D. Pregerson and Richard A. Paez. Jesse also worked as a Neighborhood Law Attorney for the City of Oakland, bringing lawsuits on behalf of tenants living in substandard housing and immigrant victims of notario fraud. Prior to law school, Jesse worked as a teacher, social worker, and factory worker in Oakland, Fremont, and his hometown of Tucson, Arizona.