Bruce has spent more than 35 years working as an advocate for persons with disabilities and other human service needs. For the past fourteen years, Bruce has served as the Executive Director of the Association of Community Human Service Agencies. Prior to the formation of ACHSA, Bruce was the first full-time Executive Director of the Association of Community Mental Health Agencies. Bruce also worked for many years as the Executive Director of Area Board 10 on Developmental Disabilities, a state agency responsible for monitoring the delivery of services to persons with developmental disabilities in Los Angeles County. Bruce began his career as an attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, which included time spent as an advocate representing parents of children with special needs. Bruce received his law degree from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. degree from the Claremont Graduate School.
For the past seven years, Jodi has served as the Child Welfare Policy Director. Jodi came to ACHSA from Mental Health Advocacy Services, where she was a Staff Attorney supervising an advocacy program to address grievances of minors in Los Angeles County's juvenile detention facilities. In that role she represented children with mental and developmental disabilities and participated in special education IEP meetings, mediations, and administrative hearings. Prior to Mental Health Advocacy Services, Jodi worked for the Senior Law Project at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco, and for the Children's Rights Project at Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles, managing legal clinics for at-risk students at high schools and community centers. Jodi obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Hastings College of Law at the University of California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, in Political Science, from the University of California, Berkeley.
Thomas J. Hill
For the past seven years, Thomas (TJ) has served as the Mental Health Policy Director. TJ came to ACHSA from the Disability Rights Legal Center, where he served as Director of Options Counseling and Lawyer Referral Service, supervising and coordinating the agency's legal intake process. Prior to the Disability Rights Legal Center, TJ was a Congressional Legal Intern for Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa in Washington, D.C. Before law school, TJ worked as a rehabilitation specialist for adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and as a Commissioner on the City of Santa Monica Disabilities Commission. TJ received his Juris Doctor degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, in Psychology, from the University of Arizona.
Blake serves as ACHSA’s Mental Health Policy Assistant. Blake is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Health Policy. While at USC, Blake served as the Co-President of the USC Health Sciences Education Program, where he coordinated events centered on mental health and reducing stigma for college students. Blake also was the top student in a class on mental health law where he was able to familiarize himself with the Mental Health Services Act and other important Mental Health programs.
Alex serves the Child Welfare Policy Analyst at ACHSA. Alex is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequality. While at USC, where she earned a Trustee Scholarship, Alex was a Program Services Intern at the Downtown Womens Center, coordinating events and workshops for homeless individuals. After graduating from USC, Alex worked as a Preventative Services Case Planner for Catholic Guardian Services in the Bronx, New York, where she provided in-home case management to at-risk families.
Abby serves the Executive Assistant at ACHSA. Abby is a graduate of Virginia Tech University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Abby was previously the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant at Four Seasons Trading in District Heights, Maryland. While at Virginia Tech, Abby was heavily involved in sustainability activities, and she facilitated and coordinated events for the school Environmental Coalition.