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Profile of a Donor: Felicia Vallera

 

Felicia ValleraFelicia Vallera is Founder and Executive Director of The San Francisco Community Business Law Center. She is co-chair of BASF’s Business Law Section and was the 2005 President of the Barristers Club. A business transactional attorney, she has practiced in San Francisco since 1998 and is a faithful supporter of the Volunteer Legal Services Program.


 

BASF: What is the focus of your law practice?

Felicia Vallera (FV): I’m currently working as part-time interim corporate counsel at The Clorox Company while I organize and launch a new nonprofit legal aid center to support San Francisco’s low-income small business community. That means I get to work with a first class leading-edge international corporate legal teams and go after my community service dreams at the same time. I am one very lucky lady.

BASF: Why do you donate to VLSP?

FV: It’s a way of counting my blessings and giving thanks for the helping hands extended to me at times in my life.

BASF: What program are you most interested in supporting and why?

FV: HAP (Homeless Advocacy Project) – because when a good person who could contribute to our community is paralyzed by fear of sleeping on the street, we should all feel the pain.

BASF: What would you be if you weren’t a lawyer?

FV: A chef. I kinda doubt if I could make it as a yoga instructor.

BASF: What is your proudest accomplishment?

FV: I’m ridiculously over-educated, I’ve run Fortune 100 corporate divisions, and I’ve helped close deals that made the front page of the Wall Street Journal. But watching a formerly homeless mother of three successfully launch her own micro-business startup to feed her children really turned my definition of “accomplishment” on its head. The vision, creativity, and resilience of small business owners humbles and inspires me daily.

BASF: Do you have a favorite quotation?

FV: “Start where you are.” - Pema Chödrön


 

If you would like to join Felicia in her support of VLSP, or the BASF Foundation’s diversity pipeline programs, send your check to Director of Development Sue Cox at the BASF Foundation,
301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111. You can also make your gift or monthly commitment at www.sfbar.org/donate.

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