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Portrait of María  Blanco

María Blanco

Executive Director

University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center

María Blanco is executive director of the University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center, which provides immigration-related legal services for undocumented students at nine UC campuses. A long-time civil rights litigator and advocate, she previously served as vice president of civic engagement at the California Community Foundation. She has also served as executive director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law; as executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area; and as national senior counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She also served on the PPIC Board of Directors from 2010 to 2021. She earned her BA and JD from the University of California, Berkeley.