Robert Desiderio

The Center on Law and Poverty is unlike any other organization in our state. Both an advocacy organization and a law firm, they bring a unique combination of skills and expertise to fix structural problems in the programs and policies that serve the poor. They bring energy, expertise and reliable information to their work with administration officials and legislators. They bring strong legal skills to the negotiating table and the court room. They come to solve problems without blame or rancor, coming instead with plain facts, practical solutions and a willingness to roll up their sleeves and help everyone make the best solutions work. And they are very, very good at this.

— Robert Desiderio, former Executive Director of the Con Alma Health Foundation and former Dean of the UNM School of Law