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San Francisco Bay Area Staff

Erika Alvarez

Office Administrator

Erika joined Tahirih in 2019. As the Office Administrator, Erika provides critical operational and administrative support to the San Francisco office, including day-to-day office administration, development, and financial duties. She also supports our client services and conducts preliminary screenings of service seekers, assists with client referrals, and supports our volunteer program. Prior to joining Tahirih, Erika worked as an Agency Customer Service Representative, Agency Producer, and Office Manager with Farmers Insurance Agency. and eight extensive years as a Retail Manager at Hugo Boss US. 

“I am inspired by Tahirih’s vision of a gender-equal society and mission to defend Immigrant Women’s rights. And honored to be part of an organization that empowers immigrants who are a vulnerable group and are routinely denied basic rights.”

Education: Gavilan College, A.A. Associate Business Administration

Languages: Spanish

Hometown: Gilroy, CA

Meghan Berman

Immigration Attorney

Meghan Berman joined Tahirih in 2021. As an Immigration Attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area office, Meghan provides legal counsel and representation to immigrants who are survivors of gender-based violence in cases including asylum, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U Visa, and other immigration remedies. Prior to joining Tahirih, Meghan worked as an immigration attorney at Immigration Center for Women and Children and La Raza Centro Legal. Meghan studied abroad in Madrid, Spain during her time at Stanford University.

“I am passionate about advancing and defending immigrants’ rights.”

Education: New York University School of Law, JD; Stanford University, BA

Languages: Spanish

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Nikki Endsley

Skadden Fellow

Nikki Endsley joined Tahirih in 2019. Nikki’s fellowship focuses on direct representation and community outreach to immigrant women, girls, and LGBTQ individuals in the Bay area. A recent law school graduate, Nikki’s previous positions include working with the Resettlement team at UNHCR, advocating for LBGTQ clients at Whitman-Walker Health, and assisting with the defense of indigent criminal defendants at the Alexandria Public Defender. Nikki has lived, studied, and conducted anthropological research in France and Israel. She has also traveled abroad extensively, including working in refugee camps and detention centers in France, Greece, and on the Southwest U.S. border.

I greatly admire Tahirih’s holistic provision of services, its vision of a gender equity, and its commitment to dignified and compassionate care.

Education: Georgetown Law, JD; Yale University, BA

Languages: French, Elementary Spanish, Elementary Vietnamese

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Alex Richardson

Social Services Program Manager

Alex joined Tahirih in 2019. She supervises the Social Services team, monitors and evaluates services provided by the team in San Francisco, and provides holistic trauma-informed support to Tahirih’s clients. Prior to joining Tahirih, Alex served as a program manager at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, YWCA Silicon Valley, and Violence Prevention Institute at Tulane University. Alex’s international work is extensive and includes providing trauma-informed training for organizations fighting gender-based violence in Uganda, Greece, and the Middle East, as well as her work on a Department of State Trafficking In Persons project in New Delhi, India. 

“I am inspired by Tahirih’s commitment to fight for justice and equality and the interdisciplinary efforts to serve immigrant women and girls it consistently lives out in an empathetic and holistic way.”

Education: Tulane University, MSW

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Zoe Verni

Weil Legal Innovator and Tech Access Project Coordinator

Zoe Verni joined Tahirih in 2021. As Weil Legal Innovator in the San Francisco Bay Area office, Zoe spearheads the Tech Access Project, which seeks to increase accessibility of legal resources through informational videos, mass text messaging, and other tech interventions. Prior to Tahirih, Zoe was a paralegal at a law firm, where she served on the firm’s all-female task force that collaborated with the New York Governor’s Office to combat the rise in domestic violence during the pandemic. She also managed several pro bono matters representing asylum-seeking clients. Prior to that, Zoe’s internships at the immigration nonprofit Safe Passage Project as well as the New York Attorney General’s Office afforded her experience in both the immigration and gender violence legal spaces. Following Tahirih, Zoe will attend University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School as a Levy Scholar.

“I am inspired by how Tahirih’s approach to serving immigrant survivors is not only multi-pronged, but also survivor-centered and trauma-informed.”

Education: Brown University, BA

Languages: Spanish

Hometown: Mamaroneck, New York

Morgan Weibel

Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area

Morgan Weibel joined Tahirih in 2010. As Executive Director of Tahirih’s San Francisco Bay Area Office, she ensures the delivery of high-quality legal and social services case management, engages regional stakeholders, and oversees the local office’s financial and operational integrity. Morgan previously served as Tahirih’s Director of the Baltimore office, and as a Supervising Immigration Attorney. She also worked for three years as a paralegal at the Law Offices of Robert B. Jobe, a San Francisco-based firm focusing on asylum and deportation defense. She interned with the Immigration and Refugee Services Department of the Spanish Red Cross in Granada, Spain, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Washington, DC, and at a Swiss Refugee Transit Center.

“I am inspired by the strength and courage of the women and girls that I have the privilege of serving at Tahirih. Their unwavering commitment to breaking century-old cycles of violence against women and the courage that it takes to stand up against their families and traditions is remarkable.”

Education

Morgan is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with high honors and the University of California Hastings College of Law, where she served as the Scholarly Publications Editor on the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and was awarded the Judith Stronach Women’s Rights Fellowship to work with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS). Morgan also served as a Graduate Research Fellow at CGRS where she drafted a protocol for the investigation of femicides and assisted Professor Karen Musalo in updating sections of her course book related to asylum based on membership in a particular social group. During law school, she interned in the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Her undergraduate honors thesis compared the United States and Canadian applications of gender-based guidelines in asylum law.

Awards and Recognition

Morgan was named Leader of the Year by AILA’s DC Chapter Liaison Division in 2013, and in 2008, she won National Championship and First Place Speaker Awards at the UC Davis Asylum Law Moot Court Competition.

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