Strengthening Our Advocacy Team

We are delighted to introduce Brenda Solórzano, who joined our Policy & Advocacy Department in April as a Policy Analyst. With her experience and commitment to social justice, Brenda brings invaluable expertise to Family Focus.

Brenda’s journey in advocacy began at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. Initially working as a Spanish teacher, she recognized the need for greater systemic change and subsequently pursued a legal education. After graduating from the Loyola New Orleans College of Law, she worked as a staff attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center, where she advocated for unaccompanied minors in Chicago. This experience shaped her understanding of the legal system’s impact on vulnerable communities.

Brenda’s role is central to fulfilling our mission of empowering families and communities. As a Policy Analyst, Brenda helps translate the mission and values of Family Focus into practical action. Her responsibilities include analyzing legislation, working closely with advocacy groups, coordinating with officials from all levels of government, and identifying key strategies and priorities to support Family Focus participants.

Mariana Osoria, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Policy and Equity, explains the significance of the Policy & Advocacy department:

“When we merged and became a new, stronger organization, we realized that we had an even greater impact in serving and impacting communities, and the department was created. This is the second full fiscal year of the department, and it has become clear that there is a lot of work to do to truly target areas of advocacy. The current focus is on maternal health through the utilization of doulas in home visiting programs, as well as advocating on immigrant issues such as access to healthcare, work authorizations, and access to legal support.”

Brenda expressed her excitement about joining the Family Focus team, saying

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Family Focus team! I feel so welcome and have already learned a considerable amount in the past few months. It means so much to me to be part of this incredible organization of committed family supporters and truly compassionate individuals. I am looking forward to everything we will accomplish together!”

Please join us in welcoming Brenda Solórzano to the Family Focus team. With her expertise, Family Focus is committed to helping build a better future for our communities.