Introducing new Legal Advisory Committee Member Yesenia Villaseñor

SVUDL is proud to announce that Yesenia Villaseñor, Tesla’s Managing Environmental, Health & Safety Counsel, will be joining our Legal Advisory Committee.

Ms. Villaseñor previously worked as an EHS Attorney for Exelon Corporation and with Caterpillar.  She began her legal career as an associate at the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

Ms. Villaseñor graduated from Chicago-Kent Law School and earned her MS in Environmental Management from the Stuart School of Business. Prior to moving to California to work for Tesla, she served as a volunteer and pro-bono attorney for organizations including the National Immigrant Justice Center. 

Ms. Villaseñor also served on the board of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and co-chaired the JD Mentors Program. She has received numerous recognitions for her pro bono work including a 2010 award for Excellence in Pro Bono from the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in a child abduction case under The Hague Convention.

Ms. Villaseñor is passionate about the subject of climate change and environmental sustainability. In 2009, she was selected to join the Climate Reality Project, an organization founded and chaired by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. The Climate Reality Project is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis and includes volunteers from around the world.  Yesenia provides free presentations on the issue of climate change:  audiences have included middle & high school students at various schools, the FBI Chicago Office and U.S. EPA Region V as part of Hispanic heritage month.  

Ms. Villaseñor is a mother, world-traveler and an advocate for judicial, ethnic and socio-economic justice. Her accomplishments range from achieving asylum relief for a tortured West African political refugee to assisting Central American children facing deportation. 

We look forward to partnering with Yesenia Villaseñor as we bring together leaders from the Silicon Valley legal community to help students realize their dreams of becoming successful lawyers.