Staff & Board
Elizabeth S. Bluestein
Elizabeth Bluestein joined PILP’s Board in 2013.
Maeve Elise Brown
Maeve Elise Brown joined PILP’s Board in 2018 and is the Executive Director and a founder of Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA).
Miye Goishi is a founding PILP Board Member and is a Sullivan Clinical Professor of Law at UC College of the Law, San Francisco.
William N. Hebert
Bill joined PILP’s Board in 2009 and was elected as Board President in 2020
Irma Herrera joined PILP’s Board in 2010 and has been a Bay Area civil rights lawyer for more than three decades.
Tim Iglesias joined PILP’s Board in 2015. Now retired, he was a tenured Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law from 2002 - 2022.
Armen Nercessian joined PILP’s Board in 2019 and is a senior litigation associate at Fenwick & West LLP.
Dan Pearlman is one of the original PILP Board Members and served as Board Chair from 2011 until 2016.
Ugochi joined PILP in July 2022 and focuses her work on homelessness prevention and protecting the rights of unhoused people.
Palmer joined PILP in 2023 and focuses on the intersection of public benefits and houselessness.
Craig joined the California Affordable Housing Law Project of PILP in 2003 to enforce housing laws in local land use and redevelopment practices around the state.
Valerie joined PILP’s staff in 2016 and has pursued advocacy and litigation in multiple areas of land use and housing.
Charles joined PILP in 2020 as our Administrative Director after years working with public policy and advocacy organizations.
Lauren is a staff attorney at PILP who works on public benefits and homelessness.
Shashi joined PILP in May of 2022 after more than 20 years advancing inclusive community development at Public Counsel.
Linda joined PILP in 2013 as its Office Manager, bringing an extensive accounting and tax background having worked with various organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Noah (he/him) joined PILP as its Legal Assistant in 2013 and provides litigation and program assistance, as well as research and technical support for the attorneys and staff.
Melissa A. Morris
Melissa Morris (she/her/hers) joined PILP in 2018 and splits her time between PILP’s housing and public benefits practices.
Mike co-founded PILP in 1996 with colleague Steve Ronfeldt to provide impact litigation and advocacy support for California legal services offices
Deborah retired from PILP in 2017 after serving as Managing Attorney for 15 years.
After practicing law for nearly 30 years, Judy joined PILP in 2008 where her work centered on improving public benefits programs for indigent people.
Steve co-founded PILP in 1996 with colleague Mike Rawson to provide impact litigation and advocacy support for California legal services offices after Congress prohibited federally funded services programs from bringing class actions, representing undocumented people and engaging in legislative advocacy.