Renee Amador, Chair
Ms. Amador has been advocating for workers’ rights for nearly a decade, beginning during college as a volunteer community organizer for
low-wage immigrant workers. Ms. Amador’s successful legal work has included direct action campaigns and informal negotiations, mediation, administrative agency advocacy, and civil litigation. She followed her UCI Clinical Fellowship with a Staff Attorney position at The Wage Justice Center until joining Alexander Krakow + Glick LLP as an Associate in August 2016. In February 2017, she joined the Wage Justice Center Board of Directors.
In June 2014, Ms. Amador worked with UCI Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic on workplace anti-wage-theft campaigns and litigation against Arizona’s
Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s unconstitutional workplace raids.
Ms. Amador received her J.D. in 2014 from the University of California, Irvine, and her B.A. in 2010 in Spanish from Seattle University. Renée graduated law school with over 300 hours of pro bono work.
Victor Narro, Treasurer
Victor Narro is currently the Project Director of the UCLA Downtown Labor Center. The UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education is a bridge between the university and the labor community in Southern California. The Labor Center is a trusted source of information about unions and workers for interested scholars and students.
Mr. Narro works on policy issues affecting low-income immigrant workers and creates strong alliances between community groups and labor unions. Mr. Narro was formerly the Co-Executive Director of Sweatshop Watch, the Workers’ Rights Project Director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and an attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
Francisco Covarrubias, Secretary
Francisco Covarrubias is a program associate with the Housing team which focuses on preserving and increasing affordable housing options in Los Angeles. In his role, Francisco works with community organizing groups to identify policy opportunities that will create long-term systemic change that addresses the root causes of housing insecurity among low-income Angelenos. Francisco’s grantmaking reflects CCF’s mission to support organizations by providing resources and tools beyond grant dollars to promote collaboration, sustainable organizations, and community engagement.
Prior to joining CCF, Francisco was the Director of Tenant Organizing at Inner City Law Center, a nonprofit legal service provider that empowered thousands of tenants to speak out against the slum conditions caused by unscrupulous landlords. Previously, Francisco worked on several labor organizing campaigns with workers in the hotel service industry.
Because of his extensive organizing background, Francisco was also tasked with creating a grantmaking strategy that promotes community organizing to address issues of unsafe drinking water in Los Angeles, an area that has received more attention in the last few years. His efforts have led to better collaboration between environmental researchers and environmental justice organizers.
Francisco earned a BA in sociology from Pomona College in 2010. He is a native Angeleno and enjoys exploring the many wonders of the city. He volunteers with organizations that support homeless and undocumented individuals and families.
An Le has been a longtime advocate for low-income workers’ rights, with such groups as Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1877, a union representing over 25,000 building service workers throughout California and well-known for its groundbreaking “Justice for Janitors” campaign.
She was mostly recently a Research Analyst at the Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers-West. Before this, she worked as Community Engagement Project Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (formerly the Asian Pacific American Legal Center). Ms. Le has worked in the anti-human trafficking project at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and was a legal fellow at Koreatown Immigrant Worker Alliance (KIWA), an organization that fights to improve the conditions of low-wage immigrant workers in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood through worker empowerment, industry-based organizing, and advocacy.
While attending Loyola Law School, Ms. Le was a member of the Public Interest Scholars Program. After law school, she was a Loyola Law School Public Interest Law Fellow.
Ms. Chandran is in-house counsel at United Nurses Association of California (UNAC). Previously, she spent several years in-house representing registered nurses in the private sector and was Partner at a union-side firm. She represents unions and workers, appears frequently before the National Labor Relations Boards and in arbitration, and has extensive experience in collective bargaining. She frequently speaks at labor-related conferences, and is the union-side editor of Chapter 12 of Developing Labor Law: Recognition and Withdrawal of Recognition Without an Election. Before law school, she worked for several years for unions representing health care workers.
Clare Pastore is a Professor at USC Law School and teaches courses including Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Poverty Law, Administrative Law, and the Access to Justice practicum, while continuing to practice as a leading member of the California public interest community. Professor Pastore is also Of Counsel to the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, where she was Senior Counsel from 2004 to 2007. She serves as co-chair of the California State Bar Access to Justice Commission’s Model Statute Task Force and is a member of the Amicus Briefs Committee and Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar.
From 1989 to 2004, Professor Pastore was a staff attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, where she litigated many state and federal cases involving poverty law and disability rights.
Wage Justice Center introduced our Advisory Board, a team of amazing advocates who are advancing our mission through their strategic advice and support. Please meet them and learn why they’re involved with the Wage Justice Center.
In Nina’s own words, she’s been involved with the Wage Justice Center since 2010 because, “The Wage Justice Center fights tirelessly for the rights of the unpaid and the underpaid, never losing sight of the end goal: to restore wages and dignity to the workers. I am honored to support this incredible organization.”
Originally from England, Nina was an attorney at a top 20 law firm in London where she spent several years defending large corporations against employment claims by their employees. After moving to California, she focused her practice on representation of low and middle wage workers. She is fluent in Spanish and worked as a staff attorney at Centro Legal de la Raza providing legal services to mainly Spanish-speaking clients in housing and employment law. She co-counsels with non-profits including Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the Wage Justice Center in wage and hour and fraudulent transfer/successor liability cases.
Catherine is the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law at Berkeley Law. She is a former WJC Board Member until she moved to Northern California in 2017. An expert in labor and employment law, Professor Fisk has authored three books: Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace (with Cameron, Corrada, Dau-Schmidt & Malin, West Publishing Co., 2008), Labor Law Stories (with Laura J. Cooper, Foundation Press, 2005) and Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).
Joshua del Castillo
Josh is a partner at Allen Matkins, where he specializes in litigation, creditors’ rights, regulatory compliance, and bankruptcy. He has been an active participant in and advocate for pro bono work throughout his career, and serves as a longstanding pro bono bankruptcy and litigation adviser to the Wage Justice Center.
Josh also regularly serves as counsel for court-appointed receivers in enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and other federal agencies. Josh’s receiver clients are regularly tasked with taking over the entities used to perpetrate a fraud or other unlawful conduct, conducting necessary forensic accounting, documenting the unlawful conduct itself, and recovering available proceeds for distribution, where possible.
While in law school, Josh served as an editor on the Hale Moot Court Board and was a member of the USC National Moot Court team.
Neidi was one of the first employees of the Wage Justice Center because of her organizing talent and effective skills at identifying potential litigation. Neidi has organized throughout her career – at CLEAN Carwash Campaign and the AFL-CIO. She’s currently National Strategic Campaign Coordinator/ Assistant to the President at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. She has also been a leader organizer in the DREAM movement, helping obtain immigration relief for thousands of undocumented young people (under DACA) and working at the forefront of efforts to pass the federal DREAM Act.
Patrick has recently begun volunteering with the Wage Justice Center because “I strongly believe in the Wage Justice Center. Wage theft is both unconscionable and pervasive, and the Wage Justice Center has proven to be quite effective in stemming this abuse.”
Patrick recently retired from Public Counsel as the Directing Attorney of the Consumer Law Project. He has a track record in unwinding property owner’s fraudulent equity-stripping loans and Public Counsel’s nationwide class action lawsuit that seeks to enforce Wells Fargo Bank’s obligations under the Home Affordable Modification Program. Patrick’s legal career includes: Staff Attorney and Director of Litigation at the Inner City Law Center; Staff Attorney at Hadsell & Stormer; a Staff Attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty and soon became Deputy Director of Litigation.