Steven Bruce worked
for the Social Security Administration as a Senior Staff Attorney.
In 2000 he founded People With Disabilities Foundation, where he
is the Interim Executive Director and Legal Director. Steven has worked
for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Offices for Civil Rights,
was a supervisor in the Government Benefits Unit for Legal Aid,
and was an Assistant Public Defender. He has a B.A. in Economics
and Psychology, with honors, from the University of California at
Berkeley. His J.D. is from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Zoya Yarnykh, Staff Attorney. Zoya obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the San Francisco State University in 2005, and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. During her last year of law school, through Child Advocacy Clinic, she represented children in dependency proceedings. Zoya is admitted to all courts in the state of California, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She is fluent in Russian.
Sarah Kraemer Isaacs, Staff Attorney, has a broad background in civil rights law in cases involving disability, race, sexual orientation and gender. She also worked in toxic tort litigation representing plaintiffs exposed to workplace toxins. Sarah holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women's Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. She earned a Public Interest Specialization certificate, with distinction, and was granted the Paul S. Jordan Award for Outstanding Student Contribution. Sarah has done extensive pro bono work for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Impact Theatre, a non-profit theatre company in Berkeley, California. Sarah is admitted to practice in all California State Courts as well as U.S. District Court in the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California.
William Reyes, Advocacy Program Manager, has worked both as an administrator and as an advocate. He worked as assistant director for the Center for Municipal Dispute Resolution in San Diego, and then went on to become a staff attorney and legislative staff attorney for Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (Disability Rights, California) in Sacramento. Bill also worked as a Hearing Officer for the California Special Education Hearing Office and as a case manager for American Medical Forensic Specialists. Bill holds a B.S. in Genetics from the University of California at Davis, and a J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law.
April Banerjee, Program Manager for Public Awareness and Education has experience as a training manager, a technical communicator, and an administrator. Her work involved energy management, including for low-income households. She has researched and written about environmental issues. She holds a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is a member of the California State Bar As.