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    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Becky Levine

    Becky Levine is a Supervising Attorney with the California Western Community Law Project.  She supervises law students in a free legal clinic focused on serving refugee communities in the Mid-City area of San Diego. Becky has over sixteen years experience as a public interest attorney in a variety of legal service organizations.  She began her career as a staff attorney at the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center in Denver. There she advocated for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court.  Ms. Levine then spent five years providing consulting services to legal aid organizations across the country on the use of technology to improve service delivery.  In San Diego, Ms. Levine has been a dedicated pro bono volunteer with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and a volunteer Small Claims Court mediator with the National Conflict Resolution Center.  Ms. Levine graduated from Westmont College with a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish and earned her law degree at the University of Denver College of Law where she was a Chancellor's Public Interest Scholar.  Ms. Levine holds a license to practice law in California and Colorado.

    Brian Alexander

    Founder and Managing Partner of Alexander & Associates, practices in the areas of taxation, estate planning & administration, probate and litigation, and all forms of business transactions. Brian received a BA in Anthropology from the University of California Santa Barbara and obtained his Juris Doctor from St John’s University School of Law, New York having graduated with the honor of Dean’s List. Mr. Alexander interned with the Department of Justice in the Office of Foreign Litigation while in law school. After law school, wanting to further expand his educational background, Brian attended the University of San Diego School of Law to obtain the post graduate degree of a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation. Mr. Alexander is licensed to practice in the State of California, US District Court and US Tax Court.

    Camille L. Gustafson 

    Camille Gustafson is an associate attorney at Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton.  She represents private and public employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation and counsels employers on day-to-day employment matters.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gustafson served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, and for the Honorable Anthony Battaglia, United States District Court. She also worked as a law clerk for the Employee Rights Center and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. In addition, Ms. Gustafson has nearly 20 years of professional experience in marketing, communication, and development. She has extensive experience with non-profit organizations and the hospitality industry.

    Heather Pollock

    Heather comes to CLSSD with an extensive background working with and for non-profit organizations serving the under-served-

    including working with adults and youth experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, and providing pro bono legal services

    to youth seeking asylum, individuals seeking expungement of criminal records, and unlawful detainer eviction defense. Prior to starting 501c Success, a nonprofit consulting company, Heather ran two different nonprofit agencies as Executive Director. She is a licensed California attorney and certified mediator. Her passion for providing aid to those in need are what led her to the Board of CLSSD.

    Ryan Cohen

    Ryan Cohen has devoted his legal career to juvenile and indigent advocacy. Ryan began working in juvenile court in law school, interning for both San Diego County Counsel, Juvenile Dependency Division and San Diego Public Defender's Office, Minor's Counsel Division representing foster youth in Juvenile Dependency Court. After graduating from California Western School of Law and being admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2008, Ryan returned to work as a County Counsel, representing social workers in Juvenile Dependency Court, and worked for several years representing parents in Juvenile Dependency Court with the Dependency Legal Group of San Diego, Primary Parent Office. In 2014, Ryan joined the Zalkin Law Firm, P.C., a civil litigation firm that specializes in representing victims in high profile childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault cases. Ryan has represented multiple sexual abuse victims in personal injury cases against various youth serving organizations and in Title IX cases regarding campus sexual assault.