Friday, May 3, 2013
As one of the nation’s leading civil rights advocates, Assistant Secretary Trasviña brings to this position a unique combination of executive management experience, fundraising acumen, institution building skills, and strong relationships with legal, business and government leaders both locally and nationally. A San Francisco native, Assistant Secretary Trasviña has served in the Obama administration since 2009. Previously, he served as President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), where he oversaw six litigation and policy offices across the country, expanded services, and significantly increased fundraising efforts.
Trasviña began his career at MALDEF in Washington, D.C., as a legislative attorney in 1985. He later worked for U.S. Sen. Paul Simon as General Counsel and Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. In 1997, President Bill Clinton appointed Trasviña Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices. In that capacity, he led the only federal government office devoted solely to immigrant workplace rights and was the highest ranking Latino attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Assistant Secretary Trasviña is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School.
Trasviña has been appointed to replace Jeffrey S. Brand who is stepping down after 14 years to return to the faculty.