Legal Director, Agriculture Worker Program
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
Estella M. Cisneros is the legal director of the Agricultural Worker Program for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), where she oversees the organization’s statewide work with agricultural workers, which includes farmworkers as well as those employed in dairies, packing houses, nurseries, and meat and poultry processing operations such as meat packing plants. She is based in Fresno, where her practice focuses on employment and workplace health and safety matters, including sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. She has been with CRLA since 2012, when she joined the legal aid nonprofit as a Skadden Foundation Fellow. In 2013, she was named one of Forbes magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30” in Law & Policy and in 2015, featured as one of Huffington Post’s “30 Women Under 30 Changing Food.” In 2014–2015, she served as an ABA Young Lawyers Division scholar and currently serves as the treasurer of the National Lawyers Guild–Central Valley chapter. She earned a BA in political science from Stanford University and a JD from Yale University.