My occupation is San Francisco Deputy Public Defender.
My qualifications are:
I have 17 years experience as a trial attorney in San Francisco courts, taking over 50 jury trials to verdict and litigating thousands of cases. I have served in Drug Court, Behavioral Health Court, Veterans Court and more.
My San Francisco Bar Association rating for Superior Court Judge is “well-qualified”— one of the top ratings possible.
I’m a San Francisco native born to undocumented parents. My parents worked as farmworkers and laborers. I was the first in my family to attend school. I’m proud to be one of the first Mexican-American women to graduate from Vanderbilt School of Law.
My commitment is to make San Francisco courts fair and effective and ensure that everyone gets equal justice, regardless of income, race, gender, sexual identity, ethnic background or the language they speak.
Legal and Judicial: Superior Court of San Francisco Judge Donald S. Mitchell (Ret.); Superior Court of Los Angeles Judges Tom Griego, Abraham Khan, Michael Garcia, Enrique Monguia; Superior Court of Santa Clara Judge Rene Navarro (Ret.); City Attorney Dennis Herrerra; Public Defender Mano Raju; Former Ethics Commission Chair Peter Keane; San Francisco La Raza Lawyers.
Community Leaders: State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Dolores Huerta, Mark Leno, Tom Ammiano, David Campos, Supervisors Norman Yee, Aaron Peskin, Dean Preston, Matt Haney, Rafael Mandelman, Hillary Ronen, Shamann Walton, Sandra Fewer.
Organizations: San Francisco Tenants Union, San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, Irish American Democrats USA
Maria Elena Evangelista