King Szeto

King Szeto Senior Language Access Coordinator King (he/him) provides language assistance and legal information to low-income workers with limited English capacity. He helped initiate and manages our Chinese-language phone line, and he conducts outreach on employment law weekly through Chinese-language radio and newspapers. Before joining Legal Aid at Work in 2000, King worked as a… Continue reading King Szeto

Valerie Sprague

Valerie Sprague Senior Paralegal Valerie (she/her) comes to us from the Paralegal Program at San Francisco State University where she received her ABA –approved Paralegal Certificate, with honors. She provides legal support across all programs in the organization including researching civil procedure and local rules, performing analysis on discovery, calendaring deadlines, and preparing legal documents.… Continue reading Valerie Sprague

Tishon Smith-Bennett

Tishon Smith-Bennett Senior Paralegal/Legal Project Coordinator Tishon enjoys helping people and strongly believes in the power of the law to address issues of social justice. Supporting lawyers across Legal Aid at Work’s programs, she looks up rules and prepares pleadings, subpoenas, deposition notices, spreadsheets, client correspondence, and other documents. Tishon has worked as a legal… Continue reading Tishon Smith-Bennett

Sandra Johnson

Sandra Johnson

Sandra Johnson Fair Chance Organizer Sandra Johnson (she/her/hers) grew up in the community that Legal Aid at Work serves. She has experienced incarceration and workplace discrimination and has overcome many barriers because of our systemically racist society. These experiences fuel Sandra’s commitment to advocating for equality for people of color that suffer from the systemic… Continue reading Sandra Johnson

Natalia Gottschalk

Natalia GottschalkWork and Family Program Advocate Natalia Gottschalk (they/she/elle/ella) is the Work and Family Program Advocate – supporting the team’s attorneys and legal staff by providing outreach and trauma-informed direct services to working families and domestic violence survivors. Along with having lifelong experience working with marginalized communities, Natalia is a certified domestic violence counselor, and has received awards for their… Continue reading Natalia Gottschalk

Lee Garcia

Lee Garcia Program Administrator, Community Legal Services Lee (they/she/he) received their B.A. in Anthropology in May 2020 from Middlebury College where they helped found the Trans Affinity Group and served as President of Queers and Allies. Afterward they moved to Burlington, VT where they became involved with racial justice organizing and worked at various social… Continue reading Lee Garcia

Franchesca Garcia

Franchesca GarciaParalegal Franchesca (she/her) is a paralegal who provides legal support, including researching civil procedure and local rules, calendaring deadlines, and preparing legal documents. Franchesca is bilingual in Spanish and English. She interprets and translates for clients and helpline callers. Prior to joining LAAW, Franchesca worked as a paralegal and legal assistant in criminal and… Continue reading Franchesca Garcia

Jessica Carmona

Jessica Carmona Central Valley Organizer Jessica (She/Her) is the community organizer for the Central Valley program that is under the Gender/LGBTQ program. Raised in Stockton, Jessica has seen first-hand the empowerment reliable, accessible legal services can have on immigrant communities. Jessica conducts intakes, manages calls to the Central Valley helpline and works closely with Central… Continue reading Jessica Carmona