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EBLCO Team Photo 2017

Executive Team

Executive Director Barrie Becker started with EBLCO in June 2017 and is honored to join this team of dedicated professionals serving vulnerable children and youth. Previously, she served as California Director, for Council for a Strong America and its project Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, and prior to that, she served as Executive Director of Legal Community Against Violence, now the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Barrie holds the belief that innovative collaboration between child-serving agencies, community-based and governmental, leads to better outcomes for children and youth. Barrie sharpened her skills as a social entrepreneur by engaging lawyers in drafting and defending local firearm safety ordinances, and partnering with law enforcement leaders to spread training of police on implicit bias and fair and equitable decision-making. One of her proudest accomplishments was helping to create and lead a coalition of advocates who drafted and successfully advocated for new state laws preventing suspensions and expulsions of California students, prioritizing instead strategies to address underlying needs while keeping youth in school. Barrie has guest-lectured on non-profit management and advocacy topics at U.C. Berkeley and University of San Francisco, and is a recipient of The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Non-Profit Leadership Award. Barrie earned her B.A. at Yale University, her J.D. at University of California Hastings College of the Law, and her L.L.M. in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

Managing Attorney Susan Walsh is serving as the Interim Executive Director while EBCLO searches for its permanent Executive Director to replace Roger Chan. Prior to that, she was the Managing Attorney of EBCLO’s Juvenile Justice Division which she launched in 2012 as a pilot program with the Alameda County Bar Association. Susan came to EBCLO having practiced criminal law for 27 years with the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office rotating through virtually every unit in the office. Her specialty, however, was juvenile law. She holds the belief that if there is change to be had in the criminal justice system, it is to be had when the person is young. Susan sharpened her skills as a trial lawyer while trying cases of all types from misdemeanors to capital murder cases. She also shares her skills as an experienced trial attorney by teaching law students from Stanford and University of San Francisco. She has also taught evidence advocacy seminars to lawyers for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) and California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA). Likewise she served with the Alameda County Moot Court Program helping high school students master the art of trial advocacy.

Managing Attorney Kristin Mateer: Kristin Mateer is a Child Welfare Law Specialist and has practiced in Alameda County in the juvenile dependency system since 1998, first for the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office and now for EBCLO. Prior to becoming an attorney for children, Kristin began her work with the juvenile dependency system as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) through San Francisco CASA where she mentored the same child from the time he was 11 years old through his emancipation from the foster care system at age 18. Now, Kristin is the Chair of the Advisory Board of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Alameda County. Kristin is a graduate of UCLA and holds a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, and she is also the mother of two girls.

Managing Attorney Joy Ricardo: Joy is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University Law School. She has a long history of service to public interest issues and was a child dependency attorney in the Alameda County Public Defender’s office for 9 years before becoming a managing attorney at EBCLO. She has argued all kinds of cases, including on appeal. She was the trial attorney of record in the published opinions of In re Nicholas H. and In re Emmanuel R. She is a board member of the Women Lawyers of Alameda County and Beyond Emancipation, and an active member of the Charles Houston Bar Association. She previously served on the board of directors for the McCullum Youth Court. Joy is also a longtime member of the National Association for the Counsel of Children, and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Director of Finance and Administration Ana Wong: Ana joined EBCLO in 2009.  She oversees EBCLO’s  Finance and Operations department.  She first came into the non-profit world with the Sierra Club in San Francisco as the Accounting Manager.  She valued her experience in the non-profit and desired to stay in it with focus on fostering youths in our local communities.  Ana received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Phoenix.  She has established 10 years of accounting experience.  She is proud to be associated with others who are passionate about protecting and defending the legal rights of our children.