Lena Silver is the Associate Director of Litigation and Policy Advocacy at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, where she has worked since 2015. Her focus is on access to public benefits, including Department of Public Social Services benefits, and Social Security benefits. Recently, Lena became the lead for a two-year pilot project to increase immigrant access to and enrollment in public benefits through a closed-loop referral network between benefit enrollers, legal aid, and outreach workers. Lena came to NLSLA after completing a fellowship at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, and a clerkship at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Ms. Silver received her bachelor’s degree with honors from UC Berkeley in 2008, and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2013.