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A Warm Welcome to Irma Herrera

We are excited to welcome Butler Koshland Fellowships’ newest committee member: Irma Herrera! We are honored to have Irma join our Advisory Committee and look forward to working with her to further our mission.

Irma Herrera is a Bay Area social justice activist, and a burgeoning playwright and solo performer of her one-woman show, Tell Me Your Name.

She previously served as the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) for almost 15 years. ERA is one of the nation’s premier legal organizations that advocates for fair and equal treatment of women and girls. In her 30+ year career as a public interest lawyer, Irma has also worked with the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, and Evergreen Legal Service. Beyond her work as a lawyer, Irma has written on issues of race, class, gender, and all manner of social justice issues for New America Media (NAM), and for Pacific News Service, as NAM was previously known. Her writing and opinion pieces have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Lawyer, and The Huffington Post.

Irma serves on the boards of two other non-profit organizations, PILP, the Public Interest Law Project, and Prospera (formerly known as WAGES, Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security). She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.