Julissa Peña

Director

Julissa Peña is the Executive Director for the County Immigrant Legal Defense Center, she serves on the Center for Refugee and Gender Studies Immigration Advocates Network and is also a member of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Julissa is associated with the Fund for SB, the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Hutton Parker Foundation. Bringing her skills and connections with the undocumented community to the organization, she is passionate about working with vulnerable communities and has broad experience with incarcerated individuals and child advocacy. Her work in academia has seen her contributions to Westmont College, University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Denver. Joining the Board in November 2020 she will be adding to the diversity of the board through her CHDO qualification.