Brenda Marrero joined the Law Center as Executive Director in 2021. She leads all aspects of the Law Center’s daily operations and strategic planning, focusing on using high impact litigation, advocacy, and community education to take on poverty and discrimination in the Philadelphia region.
Prior to joining the Law Center, Ms. Marrero served as the Deputy Director of Operations, and the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS). In these roles, she was responsible for all agency operations and human resource management at CLS, and gained extensive experience managing effective teams, planning budgets, and executing cultural change and organizational vision around diversity, equity, and belonging. Ms. Marrero also served as Managing Attorney of CLS’s SSI unit for an interim period. She began her work at CLS as a staff attorney in the SSI Unit and the Aging and Disabilities Unit, representing low-income seniors in a cases involving Medicaid long-term care, nursing home discharge, obtaining public benefits, and other related issues. Prior to joining CLS, Ms. Marrero served as a staff attorney with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and as a team leader for MAXIMUS.
Ms. Marrero has served as the 2019 Chair of the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as a current board member of Justice at Work, and as a current board member and past secretary of the Hispanic Bar Association.
She graduated cum laude from Mount Saint Mary’s University and earned her J.D. from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law.