Raised in the Central Valley, Tracy, California. Graduated from UCLA 1973 with a degree in psychology. Attended USF School of Law, JD 1978. Interned with La Raza Centro Legal, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Public Advocates. Member of the California Bar 1979 to present (currently Inactive Status). Worked for United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, 1979 to 1982; Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, 1982 to 1992; State of California Administrative Law Judge II, Unemployment Appeals 1992 to 2014. Served as board member for California Rural Legal Assistance, San Francisco La Raza Centro Legal, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association and Central American Resources Center. Married; three children.