STEPHANIE L. CHOY PRINCIPAL
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After practicing law for 13 years, I followed my passion into the nonprofit world and was fortunate to become Executive Director of the Public Interest Clearinghouse (now OneJustice) where for almost 9 years, I was at the forefront of statewide collaborations to support and improve the delivery of legal services in California.
When the opportunity arose, I moved to the State Bar of California where for 11 years, I directed the Legal Services Trust Fund Program, managing $25 -$50 million in annual grant funding to about 100 civil legal aid organizations in California.
Through my various paid and volunteer roles, I have gained experience in all aspects of nonprofit management, and along the way have learned from the very best in the community how to build collaborations, analyze and develop policy, manage staff and volunteers, and shape effective programs.
I am a seasoned nonprofit professional ready and eager to partner with nonprofit, foundation and government entities to make the world a better place.
UCLA School of Law (1983)
Admitted, State Bar of California
1983 (currently inactive)
UC Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts (1979)
University of San Francisco (1997)
Nonprofit Management Coursework
Certificate of Congressional Recognition
Hon. Nancy Pelosi,
November 30, 2018
Award of Merit
Legal Aid Association of California
"Stephanie L. Choy Day"
proclamation of Mayor Willie Brown, City and County of San Francisco
January 30, 1999
State Bar of California (2007-2018)
Interim Program Director II, Office of Legal Services (2018)
Managing Director, promoted to Program Manager III, Legal Services Trust Fund Program (2007-2018)
Directed staff that managed $25-$50 million in annual grants to almost 100 nonprofit legal aid organizations in California:
Change agent for new grantmaking efficiencies including moving from paper to online grant portal
Facilitated the development of statewide outcome measures for
Increased funding for legal aid by tens of million through multiple strategies, including creating a Campaign for Justice, developing a leadership bank program, and support for legislative advocacy
Created a national model for incentivizing higher bank interest rates through successful advocacy for Community Reinvestment Act credit
Executive Director, Public Interest Clearinghouse,
now dba OneJustice (1999-2007)
Doubled the organization's revenue and almost tripled its staff, through a blend of contract services and new fundraising efforts, including a new annual "Opening Doors to Justice" event
Led broad-based federally-mandated state planning to expand access to justice, engaging judicial, legal aid, local bar, and private attorney stakeholders
Revitalized programming, including creating "Traveling Trainings" for rural advocates, building pro bono partnerships for law students, and developing minimum standards for support centers
Engaged stakeholders in planning process that resulted in launch of the separate non-profit Legal Aid Association of California with its first full-time staff
Attorney, Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft (1988-1999)
Attorney, Birkhimer & Birkhimer (1985-1988)
Attorney, Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon (1984-1985)
Counseled London insurance companies on mega-million dollar superfund claims; represented clients at settlement and mediation
Counseled organizations on employment law and risk management; represented major restaurant chain on franchise and lease issues
Planned and developed case discovery; took and defended depositions; argued motions in court; advocated for clients at settlement conferences, arbitration, mediation and trial
Board Member, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (2020)
Member of the Board of this legal aid nonprofit that provides culturally and linguistically competent legal representation, social services and advocacy for marginalized members of the Asian Pacific Islander community.
Assisted with completing the 2019 Executive Director evaluation process and drafted new evaluation instruments for 2020
Developing organization's advocacy policy
Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to the SFUSD (2006-2009)
As Vice Chair and Council member, led focus groups to engage diverse parents on issues of school selection and enrollment, interpreted data and informed SF Board of Education on issues of equity and fairness
Helped open the Alice Fong Yu Alternative School (1993-1994)
As a key member of the small Expansion Committee, proposed a new school to the Board of Education and then overcame all barriers to open the first public Chinese immersion school in the nation.
Located school site and drafted diversity plan to recruit students to meet SF Consent Decree requirements
Facilitated input, and wrote the proposal to name the school after the first Chinese public school teacher in San Francisco
Drafted Bylaws and incorporated the volunteer parent association
Board Member and President, Wu Yee Children's Services (1993-1999)
Developed new Board recruiting and training protocols to maximize efficiency as organization's budget grew from $1.5 million to $5 million
Helped develop strategic plan for staff recruitment and retention; helped restructure employee evaluation and compensation
Created development plan to diversify funding streams, including direct mail campaign; doubled revenue of annual event; supported capital campaign for build-out of new family center; negotiated long-term lease agreement
COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
Staff: California Commission on Access to Justice (2018); Legal Services Trust Fund Commission (2007-2018); California LSC-funded Project Directors (1999-2007); Legal Services Coordinating Committee (2003-2007); Legal Aid Association of California Board (1999-2007)
Volunteer: National Association of IOLTA Programs Executive Board (2014-2018); State Bar Report to the Legislature Working Group (2004-2005); Bay Area Legal Services Affinity Group (2003-2007); Leaders for Justice Advisory Council, NLADA (2002); State Bar Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (2000-2006); Management Information Exchange Journal Committee (2000-2004); National Training Advisory Committee, Legal Services Corporation, NLADA and AARP (1999)