Posted on 09/23/2019

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the appointment of Nora Adriana Preciado as Director of his Office of Immigrant Affairs.

“Nora is an experienced, effective champion for immigrant families, and her energy and expertise will help us ensure Los Angeles remains a city of refuge, belonging, and opportunity for all,” said Mayor Garcetti. “In our city, what matters isn’t where you started — what’s important is how you will strengthen our communities, contribute to our economy, and enrich our culture. At a moment when too many in Washington want to separate families and demonize immigrants, Angelenos will keep showing that we’re stronger when we stand together to protect our neighbors and defend our values.”

Preciado, an immigrant, brings with her almost fifteen years of experience advocating for the rights of immigrant communities. Most recently, she served as Supervising Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), where she spearheaded legal and legislative advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels to protect the rights of low-income immigrants and refugees.

“Immigrants have always been a vital component of the fabric of this great city. I look forward to working with families, communities, and advocates across Los Angeles to advance policies that allow all of us, regardless of where we were born, to thrive,” said Preciado.

With a long record of service in Southern California, Preciado previously taught law as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School and defended the legal rights of immigrants as an attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.

Preciado begins her new role with the Garcetti administration on September 30. She succeeds Dr. Linda Lopez, who will serve as an advisor to the Refugee Investment Network (RIN), providing strategic advice on the Initiative for Inclusive Investment in Mexico, an effort to promote capital investments in that country and include displaced people in economic development projects.