Evonne M. Silva

Compliance Counsel & Director of People Systems
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Evonne M. Silva is the Compliance Counsel & Director of People Systems at the ACLU of Northern California. In this role, Evonne works on a range of internal legal matters affecting the operations of the organization and leads the design of our recruitment, retention, and growth strategies.

Prior to her current position, Evonne served as the Legal-Policy Department Manager & Attorney at the ACLU-NC. In that capacity, she provided day-to-day management to the Department, including directing the Law & Policy Internship Program, leading support strategy and managing a team, and designing new programs, processes, and workflows to create the infrastructure for staff to thrive and advance the mission of the ACLU-NC.

Before joining the ACLU, Evonne worked as a staff attorney at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) as the recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.  At EBCLC, Evonne implemented the Immigrant Consumer Justice Project, aimed at defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrant consumers through direct services, community outreach, policy advocacy, and affirmative litigation.  

Evonne has also served as an investigator with the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown University School of Law and paralegal with the Death Penalty Clinic at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She previously worked as Policy Program Assistant and Program Associate at the ACLU-NC, coordinating and supporting the affiliate’s program and priority campaigns, including work in the areas of racial justice, death penalty, and police practices.  She later led a statewide advocacy initiative as a Nutrition Policy Advocate with California Food Policy Advocates, a statewide advocacy organization that works to improve the health and well-being of low-income Californians by increasing access to nutritious, affordable food.  

Evonne is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, where she was selected into the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and enrolled in the Critical Race Specialization. While in law school, Evonne served as a judicial extern with the Honorable Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. She also interned with the ACLU of Southern California and California Rural Legal Assistance, worked as a full-time extern at Legal Aid at Work (formerly the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center), and served as the Deputy Field Operations Coordinator for the SAFE California campaign.

She currently serves as a member on the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Service and as a board member of CORO of Northern California. Evonne is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley School of Law where she teaches Civil Legal Ethics to second- and third-year law students.