Tiela Chalmers is a consultant in the fields of legal services and pro bono. She is currently working on several projects, including coordinating the Shriver Housing Project in Los Angeles, the largest of the "civil Gideon" pilot projects in California. Previously the Executive Director of Volunteer Legal Services Program in San Francisco, Tiela worked at VLSP for many years with Tanya Neiman until her death. Prior to VLSP, Tiela was an attorney at Farella, Braun + Martel in San Francisco. Tiela has a Bachelor's Degree in History from Swarthmore College, and received her JD from University of California Hastings College of the Law, graduating magna cum laude. Her passion is building and sustaining legal services programs that effectively and creatively serve low-income communities and increase access to justice. She has two wonderful daughters, ages 18 and 10.