CEO Alison Brunner Named a "2019 Woman of Influence"

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A woman of influence: Alison Brunner has been on the forefront of the regional housing crisis

Originally posted on Silicon Valley Business Journal on May 10.

Alison Brunner’s commitment to social justice in Silicon Valley runs deep. After working her way through the ranks of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, she took the lead in 2013 and has turned the nonprofit into a marquee legal organization.

In her role, Brunner is responsible for the strategic leadership, management and direction of the organization, whose team of 90 attorneys and social workers provide over 10,000 low-income people with free legal advocacy related to housing, health and children. She oversees the organization’s $10 million budget and uses her contacts and community to build an ever-increasing network of leaders, companies and law firms to support its critical work.

Brunner has been on the forefront of the regional housing crisis, working with nonprofit, government and private sector partners to develop homelessness prevention and anti-displacement policies and programs.

“I am lucky that I get to go to work every day knowing that the goals I am fighting for — equal access to justice and eliminating inequities for everyone in our community — are being furthered by my efforts, from my days zealously advocating for clients in eviction court to actively raising funds for the Law Foundation,” Brunner said.

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