Lyslynn Lacoste, is a New York Bar licensed attorney from Boston, Massachusetts. For more than fifteen years, she has diligently served youth through leadership development, mentoring, and juvenile justice reform. Lyslynn began her career in youth development while working closely with local community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families. After witnessing too many young men of color enter the revolving door of the juvenile justice system, she ventured into Suffolk University Law School to focus on juvenile justice reform and prevention. As a law student, Lyslynn honed her skills through meaningful internships at Suffolk’s Juvenile Justice Center and New York’s Legal Aid Society. As the Director of BMAGIC, Lyslynn brings her experience and excitement to continue strengthening the community collaborative and support the more than 75 community-based organizations, school, faith–based organizations, and city agencies that serve Bayview Hunters Point. She holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies from Boston University.
Moira Rios is a San Francisco native, alumni of Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School, holds an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, and is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In her previous role as BMAGIC’s Community Outreach & Program Assistant, Moira assisted with the planning and coordination of BMAGIC’s Literacy is Freedom Book Fair, Back to School Celebration & Backpack Giveaway, Bayview Hunters Point National Night Out, and the production of the bi-annual BMAGIC Resource Guide. As BMAGIC’s Program Coordinator, Moira looks forward to continuing her support and collaboration with all of the organizations, agencies and schools that strengthen and serve Bayview Hunters Point children, youth and families.
Community Outreach & Program Assistant
Kayla Kunze is a native of San Francisco, growing up and having family and friends residing in the Western Addition. She is a proud graduate of City College of San Francisco with an Associate of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice. Kayla also interned at the Northern California service league within San Francisco’s Hall Justice providing services to people in jail, their families and friends. She later worked for the Public Defender’s main office at the front desk reception for 3 years. She is excited to be back with the Public Defender’s office working within the Bayview Hunters Point community and support those in need.
San Francisco Public Defender
Manohar Raju is the San Francisco Public Defender and a founding member of Public Defenders for Racial Justice.
A son of immigrants from India, his pursuit of justice is rooted in his acute awareness of the ramifications of social inequalities. Despite coming from a farming village, his parents managed to emigrate to America, where they raised Mano on the East Coast.
Mr. Raju completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, and holds a Master’s degree in South Asian Studies from U.C. Berkeley, where he also earned his law degree. He worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County for seven years before he was recruited by Jeff Adachi to join the SF Public Defender’s felony unit in 2008. Due to his impressive practice as a felony line attorney, he was promoted to be the Director of Training and then Manager of the Felony Unit.
Mr. Raju is deeply committed to a client-centered approach to defense work. “Our impact is not measured in numbers, but in the people we represent,” he said. “It’s by the mother who can return home to her family. The son who can continue to work to support his family. And to the children of those we defend, who benefit from having an equal opportunity to survive and who might one day use that opportunity to lead.”
The personal interest he takes in his clients’ lives helps fuel him not only to fiercely litigate and win cases, but also to raise his voice against the inequities he and his clients encounter in the criminal justice system. It has earned him the loyalty of his entire Department and the confidence of Mayor London Breed, who appointed him to fill the post in March 2019. As Public Defender, Mano will continue to uphold the office’s reputation not only as a formidable group of lawyers, but also as a catalyst for criminal justice reform.
Contact: 415-553-9617 or http://sfpublicdefender.org/
Patricia “Patti” Lee
Deputy Public Defender-Juvenile Unit Manager
Patti Lee has been a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco and has been practicing in the Juvenile Court since 1981. She is the managing attorney of the Juvenile Unit. She is on the board of National Juvenile Defender Center, She is on the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council, Center for Families Children and the Courts. She was a core member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. She is a member of San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s Blue Ribbon Task Force to reform the San Francisco juvenile justice system and she is the Chairperson for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Working Committee to Close Juvenile hall.
Contact: 415-753-7610 or http://sfpublicdefender.org/