Malea L. Chavez

Malea L. Chavez is an attorney specializing in housing rights, family law, and probate. She is a native San Franciscan born in the Mission District where she currently works as the Deputy Director of the Homeless Prenatal Program. Her commitment to social justice is expressed through a career working with monolingual Spanish-speakers and low-income communities. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and earned her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law where she was a founding member of the UC Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. Malea started her legal career at the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and La Raza Centro Legal, providing legal services and eviction defense for small businesses and families being displaced. As a staff attorney for the San Francisco Superior Court, and later as the Managing Attorney for the Alameda County Superior Court, she conducted bilingual community based legal clinics with several community-based organizations to provide greater access to the justice system for monolingual Spanish-speakers.