Our Team

Executive Director

Yolanda Jackson

Yolanda Jackson

Executive Director and General Counsel, the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
Executive Director, Justice & Diversity Center (JDC)

Yolanda leads two organizations that focus on excellence in the legal profession and community service. Connected by the shared values of fairness and equality, both organizations actively promote diversity in the legal profession.

Yolanda has years of experience as a litigator, mediator, arbitrator, trainer and facilitator, and has helped businesses address diversity and organizational development needs. As an adjunct professor, Yolanda has taught at UC Hastings College of the Law and Golden Gate University Law School. She has served on the boards of numerous professional and community organizations and has won several awards, including the District 17 Woman of the Year Award, the California Association of Black Lawyers President’s Award, the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California “Gil Lopez Award”, the League of Women Voters of San Francisco’s “Women Who Could Be President” award, the National Diversity Council’s “California’s Most Powerful and Influential Women” and the National Bar Association Presidential Award. Much of Yolanda's volunteer time is spent on mentoring and creating networking opportunities for others.

Executive Team


Kate Applebaum 

Development Director, JDC

Kate oversees fundraising efforts, connecting with individuals, law firms, corporations and grantors to raise much-needed support for JDC programs.


Milli Atkinson

Director, Immigrant Legal Defense Program, JDC

Milli's team increases access to justice and protects the due process rights of low-income and unrepresented immigrants.


Raquel Cabading

Director of Continuing Legal Education, BASF

Raquel helps attorneys advance their practice by providing new learning opportunities.

Gloria Chun

Gloria Chun

Director and Managing Attorney, Pro Bono Legal Services Programs, JDC

Gloria leads projects that provide access to justice to people in need and legal services to nonprofits that serve low-income communities.

Carole Conn

Carole Conn

Director of Public Service Programs, BASF

Carole provides leadership for the San-Francisco- Marin Lawyer Referral and Information Service and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Service.

Teresa Friend

Teresa Friend

Director and Managing Attorney, Homeless Advocacy Project, JDC

Teresa leads JDC's largest individual project, helping more than 2,000 people each year who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


Lisa Handley

Deputy Executive Director, BASF

Lisa develops strategies and oversees programs to increase participation at BASF.

denise howell

Denise Howell

Chief Financial Officer 

Denise oversees the financial health of BASF and JDC.

Bruce Keppler

Bruce Keppler

Director of Information Technology, BASF

Bruce keeps our information technology systems running and secure.


Wendy Preuss

Director of Human Resources 

Wendy is responsible for human resources operations and strategies.

Julie Traun

Julie Traun

Director of Court Programs, BASF

Julie's team works with the San Francisco Superior Court to qualify and schedule attorneys to provide high-quality legal representation of indigent clients.

Supervising Attorneys

Milli Atkinson
Legal Director, San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative

Judondi Bolden
Supervising Attorney, Tenant Advocacy Project

Karen Buitrago
Supervising Attorney, Sargent Shriver Child Custody Project

Bao Tran Dang
Supervising Attorney, Homeless Advocacy Project

Katie Danielson
Senior Supervising Attorney, Homeless Advocacy Project

RoseMarie Maliekel
Supervising Attorney, Federal Pro Bono Project

Brandie Sendziak
Supervising Immigration Attorney, Homeless Advocacy Project

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