Evelyn attained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was awarded a Phoenix Fellowship, an American Jurisprudence Award, the Francine Diaz Social Justice Memorial Award, and was named a U.C. Berkeley Presidential Public Interest Law Fellow. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas magna cum laude with three Bachelor of Arts degrees in Literature, Women’s Studies and Political Science: Public Policy & International Relations. She also attained an Associates of Arts degree in English with high honors from the Community College of Southern Nevada.
Evelyn is an experienced manager, public interest lawyer, public policy advocate, and campaign director who has worked with a broad range of nonprofit organizations to advance lasting social change. She is currently the Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers of California at ROC-United, where she manages two worker centers that organize hundreds of immigrant low-wage workers of color to advocate for higher labor standards and dignified working conditions. During law school, she Clerked for the Honorable Charles B. Day of the U.S. Federal District Court of Maryland, was a Law Clerk for the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender, and a Human Rights Law Fellow for the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC-United). She also volunteered with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Clinic, led the Coalition for Diversity & Inclusion, served on the Women of Color Collective and the La Raza Law Students Association boards, and interned with the International Human Rights Clinic.
Before law school, Evelyn co-founded Sage Consulting, a social change and capacity building firm. She also served as Policy Director for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Sustainable Development Fellow for the Greenlining Institute, and Co-Founder & President for the United Coalition for Immigrant Rights.