Francisco Estrada, a Senior Policy Analyst in MALDEF’s Sacramento office since January of 2002, has been promoted to Director of Public Policy, responsible for all public policy advocacy and education in the state capital, announced MALDEF Vice President of Public Policy Vibiana Andrade. Estrada holds a B.A. degree in History from U.C. San Diego. He replaces Maria Blanco, who left to become the Executive Director of The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
In his post at MALDEF, Estrada has focused on educational and land use, serving on the steering committee of the California Futures Network. Among his accomplishments have been the signing of MALDEF-sponsored bills AB-560 (Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles), which phases out the use of the dreaded Concept 6 year-round school calendar; AB-1244 (Judy Chu, D-Los Angeles) which changes state law to allow schools to be modernized every 25 years; and MALDEF co-sponsored bill AB-857 (Patricia Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa) which set state land-use priorities favoring in-fill development and equity, protecting farmlands and natural resources and encouraging efficient development.
Before joining MALDEF, Estrada served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) both in Filner’s capacities as a Congressman and as a San Diego City Councilmember. He first joined Filner in December 1987 as a Council Representative focusing on affordable housing development, wastewater infrastructure and U.S./ Mexico border issues. From 1993 through September 2001, he served Filner in both Washington, D.C. and the district office, focusing on the same issues, as well as transportation infrastructure projects, energy and environmental protection.
Previously, Estrada was a Planning and Allocations Associate for United Way of San Diego County from 1985 through 1987. He began his career with the Chicano Federation of San Diego County from 1979 to 1985, where he served in various capacities and was responsible for community organizing and development, among other duties.