Public Advocates Guillermo Mayer to be featured guest on #EquityChat on November 15, 2023

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2023) – Guillermo Mayer, president and CEO of Public Advocates, will join the Equity Avengers as their featured guest on #EquityChat on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.

Public Advocates is a nonprofit civil rights law firm and advocacy group committed to challenging the systemic causes of poverty and discrimination. Under Mayer’s leadership, the organization has expanded its advocacy into postsecondary education, with the goal of expanding college access, affordability and success for low-income students and students of color in California. Appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly in 2019, Guillermo is a current member of the California Student Aid Commission.

Previously, Mayer worked as member of the Public Advocates’ legal team for more than 9 years advancing litigation and policy efforts that increased funding and equitable decision-making in K-12 education and public transportation. Prior to joining Public Advocates, he worked in the California Senate as legislative director for former State Senator Tom Hayden and as a legislative fellow for former State Senator Hilda Solis. There, his legislative work included higher education, K-12, immigrant rights, health care and gang violence prevention. Guillermo received his Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University, where he served as student body president and as vice chair of the California Student Association. He graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2004 with concentrations in Critical Race Theory and Public Interest Law and Policy.

The grandson of a bracero who helped build U.S. railroads in the 1940s, Mayer immigrated to the United States from Mexico when he was 10 years old. He lives with his wife and son in San Diego.

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