Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Director, Immigration Program Administration


Angelica Peña serves as the Director of Immigration Program Administration within Direct Services. She oversees the unit's grant administration, program evaluation, and the network of immigration and citizenship partners. In addition, she leads our national citizenship capacity building portfolio. She is responsible for the strategic development, planning and implementation of a program tasked with increasing capacity for organizations providing naturalization services to under-served immigrant communities across the country. 

Prior to joining Advancing Justice-LA, she served as the CA Deputy Director for NALEO Educational Fund, where for five years she led their statewide civic engagement initiatives, working directly with the Latino community and key stakeholders on issues related to citizenship and voting. Angelica spent three years in the Bay Area pursuing her graduate degree and working for Emerge CA and The Volunteer Center of San Francisco; she also previously interned at the Urban Institute in Washington DC.

Angelica holds a Masters in Public Affairs and Practical Politics from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelors in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
हिंदी 855.971.2552


도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395


Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.