Working at Public Advocates

For more than 50 years, Public Advocates Inc. has been at the forefront of social justice movements in California as a bold and highly regarded civil rights law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination.  We pride ourselves on skillfully deploying a diverse set of legal and policy tools to achieve tangible legal victories and help low-income communities of color build their power to participate effectively in public decision-making.

As a team member at Public Advocates, you get to be involved in meaningful social justice work, positively impacting people’s lives and building power for low-income communities. You also get to work with a brilliant, committed staff. Public Advocates has a track record of caring for staff. Aside from well thought out policies and procedures, we provide comprehensive benefits, competitive salaries, opportunities for self-care and fun activities while working in a professional, collegial atmosphere. Our values are reflected in our mission, vision, and commitment to diversity.

At Public Advocates, we’re always looking for great people to work with committed to fostering a diverse staff and diversity in the legal profession and we seek to fill these positions with someone who shares our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity.* We value diversity in our workplace, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category.

Public Advocates reflects the rich diversity of California.  Two-thirds of our Board members and 60% of our employees are people of color.  Our senior leadership team also reflects our commitment to diversity. Four of seven members – including our President & CEO – are people of color and three are women. We encourage all interested individuals to apply — especially Black, Indigenous and People of Color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category.  Read our Diversity Vision Statement.

*Those applicants requiring an accommodation to complete the application and/or interview process should send an email to for assistance.

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