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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 78

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Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi

Commissioner/Poverty Attorney
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Poverty and income inequality
  • Social justice and race equity
  • Environmental justice and animal rights



University of California, Davis School of Law Juris Doctor, Public Interest Law (2010)
University of Michigan Bachelor of Science, Biology (2007)


Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi is a poverty attorney and a Commissioner on the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.


As an immigrant herself, Parisa actively represents immigrants, communities of color, and low-income families in civil rights, race equity, and affordable housing cases on a pro bono basis. The State Bar of California has awarded her the Wiley W. Manuel Award and the Distinguished Service Award for her pro bono work. 


In 2019, Parisa served as a delegate at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, on behalf the UNA-USA San Diego and the National Association of Women Judges. Parisa's pro bono work also includes work with homeless veterans at Stand Down, and with incarcerated women at Las Colinas Detention Facility.


Parisa serves as the Assistant Director of Public Service at University of San Diego Law, where she serves as an advisor to the next generation of social justice attorneys to help launch their public interest careers, directs the law school’s Pro Bono Program, and teaches a Poverty Law course to upper-level law students. She serves as an advisor to the law school’s NLG chapter and Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter. She also serves on Equal Justice Works’ National Advisory Committee.



She serves as a Commissioner on the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She is a Vice Chair of the Commission and serves as Chair of the CEDAW Committee, focused on the UN's International Treaty (the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women).


From 2014 to 2017, she served as San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s Pro Bono Manager and Supervising Attorney, where she oversaw civil legal services for homeless veterans and persons with HIV/AIDS, and supervised attorneys on cases involving public benefits, health law, disability discrimination, and affordable housing.


Prior to that, she served as a Staff Attorney and then a Managing Attorney for Legal Services of Northern California in Sacramento, where she practiced poverty law, representing low-income families in eviction and public benefits cases, and served on the California Elder Justice Coalition to address and advise on elder abuse legislation. She started her poverty law career in 2010 under funding from President Obama's Recovery and Reinvestment Act through which she represented low-income families in eviction and public benefit cases in rural Mendocino County, and organized the first of now-annual naturalization workshops for low-income immigrants.


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