Chriselle Raguro (she/her/siya) comes to LCCRSF from Oasis Legal Services, where she was the Pro Bono Manager & Senior Staff Attorney. She oversaw Oasis’ pro bono and legal internship programs. She helped increase the legal team’s capacity to represent LGBTQIA+ clients in their asylum and naturalization cases by cultivating partnerships with pro bono partners and mentoring law students. She began managing pro bono programs while at the Tahirih Justice Center SF Bay Area as the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney. At Tahirih, she also piloted and managed the Silicon Valley Pro Bono Immigration Network. In that role, she cultivated partnerships with law firms, tech companies, and legal services organizations and co-developed pro bono projects in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. She later stepped into the Managing Attorney role and oversaw the legal team.
Chriselle previously served as a community organizer and Executive Director of the Filipino Community Development Corporation in San Francisco, where she collaborated with community members in advocating for affordable housing. Her professional experiences include working as an adjudicator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as a legal advocate at Asylum Access Thailand, as a non-profit management consultant with NEEDeed Foundation, and as a capacity-building program coordinator and trainer of judges and prosecutors in the Philippines, Thailand, Lao PDR, and Cambodia with the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons. She started her legal career as the Asian American Bar Association Public Interest Fellow with the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco.
Chriselle received her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law. Chriselle was born and raised in Manila and La Union, Philippines, and immigrated to the US while she was still in high school. She was born on the first day of the Philippine People’s Power Revolution, shaping her view that the fight for justice must be rooted in community power and collective action. She enjoys hiking and exploring beach spots in the Bay Area, cooking and eating Filipino food, and spending time with her partner, family, friends, and her dog, Rosa.