Assistant Director of External Relations, Public Interest Programs
Aparna Gupta currently serves as Assistant Director of Public Interest Programs and is an alumna of both UCLA School of Law and the Epstein Program. In this capacity, she is principally responsible for strengthening the Program’s external relations, by engaging the Program’s diverse alumni network and nurturing relationships with community groups and public interest employers. Prior to joining the Law School, Aparna worked at the national office of the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy in Washington, D.C., where she served as the Assistant Director for Student Chapters. Aparna was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) in New York City from 2009-2011. As a workers’ rights attorney at AALDEF, she utilized litigation, community organizing, and policy advocacy to empower low-wage immigrant workers seeking enforcement of their labor rights. Aparna’s previous experience includes jobs and internships with the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia, the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program and CONNECT Inc., in New York City, and Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles. Aparna received a J.D. in 2009 from UCLA School of Law, where she was enrolled in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and the Critical Race Studies specialization, and earned a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.