We need prosecutors who understand communities, who understand neighborhoods, who understand what it’s like to be a person of color. This is why Paul has always been such an effective community advocate and civil rights champion. He grew up in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco and was raised by his grandmother just down the block from the Alice Griffith Public Housing Project. His life experience informed his career as a trial prosecutor at the San Francisco DA’s office, where he worked under then San Francisco DA Kamala Harris. At the time of his departure from the D.A.’s office, Paul, who served under four elected District Attorneys, was both the highest-ranking LGBT attorney and African American male attorney in the history of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
Paul has served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety to the Major of San Francisco and was recently named the Director of Police Accountability for San Francisco.
Paul attended San Francisco schools, worked his way through UCLA, and earned his law degree at Tulane University, where he served as President of his class.
Veronica Rios Reddick
Alameda County Deputy District Attorney
Veronica knew it was possible for her to become a lawyer when she saw a group of women of color lawyers—women who looked like her, talked like her, and had the same experiences as her.
Veronica is works as Deputy DA for the Alameda County DAs office. She has handled hundreds of felony cases involving murder, attempted murder, vehicular manslaughter, domestic violence, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, arson, child abuse, child porn, grand theft and dissuading witnesses. She has also litigated Firearm Petitions under Welfare and Institution Code 8100(3)(B) and worked on a task force to meet Criminal Justice Re-Alignment/AB 109 mandates.
Veronica serves the board of East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association and is the recipient of the Minority Bar Coalition’s Unity Award.
She earned her J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she externed in the Northern District for the Honorable Maria Elena James and was the Communications Editor for the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. She received her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.