Assoc. Gen. Counsel/Dir. of HR
Elaine Yama-Garcia is California School Boards Association's Associate General Counsel and Human Resources Director. Yama-Garcia provides legal advice to CSBA on various issues and manages the overall administration and coordination of services, policies and programs of the human resources department. A consummate strategic planner, she makes certain her decisions create an equitable, healthy and positive work environment for all of CSBA's employees. She and her team strive to emphasize quality, productivity and standards, and the recruitment and professional development of a superior workforce.
Prior to working at CSBA, Yama-Garcia started and managed her own law firm, representing school districts and county offices of education. She also practiced with the Law Offices of Bennett & Sharpe and Lozano Smith, both in their Central Valley offices. Her areas of expertise are labor and employment law, special education and general education law. Yama-Garcia received her juris doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, California.