Natalia Merluzzi, Program & Policy Director
nmerluzzi(at)calbarfoundation(dot)org, (415) 856-0780 ext. 302
Natalia Merluzzi joins the California Bar Foundation from the Department of Justice where she prosecuted cases on behalf of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. At the Justice Department, Natalia also served as Special Assistant to the Hon. Tony West while he was Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. In that capacity, she monitored and coordinated the Civil Division’s national litigation and policy efforts, which included national security matters, litigation related to the constitutionality of DOMA, and state-immigration preemption litigation. Prior to working at the Justice Department, Natalia was the Racial Justice Project Fellow at the ACLU of Northern California. There she focused on criminal justice issues related to school pushout, voter disenfranchisement, and disproportionate minority incarceration. She began her career as a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Natalia is a graduate of Berkeley Law where she was Articles Editor for the California Law Review and the Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy.