David Wallach, Board Chair

David Wallach is FVLC’s Board Chair.  He is a partner at Jones Day, where his practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, international civil litigation and complex civil litigation. Dave has represented clients in many pro bono matters, including cases involving domestic violence and federal civil right violations. He has a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and a B.A. from Colorado College.

Mujdah Rahim, Secretary

Mujdah Rahim is FVLC’s Board Secretary.  She is the owner/principal attorney at the Law Office of Mujdah Rahim.  She exclusively practices family law and assists families transition after the family dynamic has changed.  Mujdah has worked closely with the Family Law Center since 2011.  Mujdah received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law, and her undergraduate degree from U.C. Davis.

Janelle Smith, Finance Committee Chair

Janelle M. Smith is FVLC’s Finance Committee Chair and has served on the board since 2015. She is an attorney in the Natural Resources Law Section of the California Attorney General’s Office. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Smith worked in private practice and assisted pro bono clients with obtaining asylum on domestic violence grounds. Ms. Smith has a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Cherri N. Allison

Cherri N. Allison is the Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center.

Mark Danis

Mark Danis is Vice President – Associate General Counsel at The Clorox Company.  His responsibilities include the oversight of U.S. litigation, regulatory, marketing, privacy, and cyber security.  Prior to joining Clorox, Mark practiced for 25 years as a civil litigator with Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he also worked on pro bono cases involving foster care, tenants’ rights, and sexual orientation discrimination.  Mark received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, and his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley.

Katherine Jen

Katherine Jen is the Director of Global Practice Management at Vinson & Elkins.  In this role, she oversees operations and personnel of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group and San Francisco office.  Prior to V&E, Katherine was the Director of Attorney Development & Recruiting at Best Best & Krieger, a law firm servicing public agencies.  Katherine’s interest in helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault began with her time as a legal advocate at FVLC during law school and later with Peace Over Violence.  Katherine received her J.D. from Berkeley Law and undergraduate degree from UCLA.

Molly A. Jones

Molly A. Jones is a an Intellectual Property and Litigation associate with Crowell & Moring.

Stephen Knight

Stephen Knight brings three decades of experience as an advocate for social justice, both in law and policy advocacy. Stephen currently is the Policy & Partnerships Director with Alameda County Community Food Bank. His professional career includes work on the intersection of women’s rights, refugee law and immigration law as Deputy Director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies. He has also worked in affordable housing and the environment with the National Housing Law Project and Save the Bay, A native San Franciscan, Stephen is a graduate of Yale University and U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Elena Ramirez

Elena Ramirez has served as a member of the board since 2017. She is a Deputy District Attorney in Solano County.

Amy Wireman

Amy Wireman is Group Vice President – Human Resources at BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  Amy oversees all aspects of human resources, with a focus on advocacy for employees as well as management.  Prior to joining BioMarin, Amy served as Global Total Rewards and HR Systems Head at several high tech companies, starting her career as an HR consultant with a focus on international compensation and benefits.  Amy is a resident of the city of Alameda with a strong interest in support for families in crisis as a result of domestic violence.  Amy has degrees in Mathematics and Spanish from New York University.