Richelle Rae Huizar is a long-time advocate for children, youth and families. She has utilized her legal skills for more than 20 years to improve the lives of young people and the communities they live in.
Richelle currently works as a consultant for Vanderford and Ruiz, a mid-sized law firm in Pasadena, California. Previously, Richelle worked as the Development Director for Bishop Mora Salesian College Preparatory, a Catholic high school in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles.
Richelle also created and implemented children and family policy for the City of Los Angeles for more than ten years. She first served as a policy director, and then as Assistant Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families. Richelle was responsible for a team whose role was to use data and research to drive policy changes, develop innovative community solutions and build lasting partnerships across various government jurisdictions.
Prior to her position with the City of Los Angeles, Richelle had a private law practice focused on adoption, guardianship and family law matters.
Community service is important to Richelle. She serves on the Arts High Foundation Board of Directors, which supports the nationally recognized Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Puente Learning Center, an established learning institution that provides essential educational programs for children and adults in Boyle Heights. She is also a founding member of Los Compadres, a philanthropic group that supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Previously, she served as a board member on the St. Marianne School Foundation and the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council.
Richelle has been awarded the Justice Cruz Reynoso Award by the Mexican American Bar Association, the Visionary Award by the National Latina Alliance, and the Inaugural Leadership Award by the Latina Public Service Academy.
She earned her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law.
Richelle currently resides in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles with her husband Jose, son Simon Luis, and daughters Emilia Rae, Isabella Rose and Aviana Rose.