FVLC employs a dedicated, diverse staff who together work towards a shared vision of helping communities heal and advocating for justice and healthy relationships. We are attorneys, advocates, and educators and many of us are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
FVLC Management Team
Undrea Barnes is the Crisis Services Manager at FVLC. She has been providing services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors at FVLC since 2005. Undrea oversees the 24 hour crisis line and has a wealth of knowledge on resources for the survivors.
Juliet Crosby is the Finance Director of Family Violence Law Center. She oversees and does numbers of all types, organizationally and from a grant compliance perspective. She has twenty-seven years of nonprofit finance experience in Social Justice, Education and the Arts.
Stephanie Penrod is FVLC’s Managing Attorney. Stephanie joined the Family Violence Law Center in 2010. She supervises the legal team and represents clients in court on restraining order and related family law matters. Stephanie has over ten years of experience providing family law and direct support services to domestic violence survivors, both in Alameda and San Diego Counties. Stephanie received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, and she received her Bachelor of Science with a degree in Women’s Studies, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.
Marissa Seko is FVLC’s Family Violence Intervention Unit Manager. Marissa has more than ten years of experience providing nonprofit program coordination and direct services to a diverse client base, with a dedicated focus on providing high quality, trauma informed crisis intervention services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors for the past 6 years. She has a BA Degree with a Concentration in Gender/Women’s Studies from Grinnell College and is also a recent graduate of the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute Fellowship Program. Marissa joined FVLC in 2012.
Tunisia M. Owens
Tunisia M. Owens currently serves as the Housing and Gender Justice Project Coordinator for the Family Violence Law Center. She is a passionate advocate on issues of Black Economic Empowerment, Diversity and Inclusion, Criminal Justice Reform, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth, and Education Equity. Tunisia is originally from Oakland, California and has served the public at non-profit organizations and government agencies in the Bay Area. She returned to Oakland after a career as a diplomat proudly representing the US in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South America. When she is not raising her daughter or working to repair systems, Tunisia finds time to publish her poetry, write fiction stories, and non-fiction articles. She graduated from Spelman College in Political Science and Economics, holds a joint Master’s degree from Princeton University in Public Policy and Urban/Regional Planning, and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Erin Scott is FVLC’s Executive Director. She has extensive experience as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate, a family law attorney, and a nonprofit manager. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of UnCommon Law and previously served on the Board of Director of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and the Family Violence Appellate Project Prior to joining FVLC, she was the Directing Attorney of Legal Advocates for Children & Youth, a program of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, and the Director of Foundation Support at the ACLU Foundation of Northern California. She has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.