Meet the Staff of CASE

Brendan Walsh, Executive Director

CASE Executive Director Brendan WalshBorn and raised in Boston, Brendan graduated from Harvard and taught English in Chile before enrolling in a Ph. D. program in American Studies at Yale University. While there, Brendan became a leader in the union for graduate-student teachers and researchers, GESO, where he collaborated in campaigns for social justice with Yale’s unions of clerical, technical, maintenance, and dining hall employees. More recently, he has directed political and community programs for UNITE HERE!, the hospitality workers union.

Emmanuel Gallardo, Membership and Service Coordinator

Eman GallardoThe son of Mexican laborers, Emmanuel was born in California and has lived in Arizona since 1992. A Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute fellow in high school, Emmanuel is an ASU grad and a former teacher. He also worked as a front desk agent and served as union shop steward at the Renaissance Downtown hotel. Emmanuel works on CASE’s Latino voter engagement and service worker organizing campaigns.

Berenice Almendariz, Operations Coordinator

IMG_0001Just recently moved from New York City to Phoenix Arizona, Berenice is our new Operations Coordinator.  Previously having worked with non profits whose purpose was to bring health care, housing & transportation to underrepresented communities. With 12 years of experience, Berenice is proficient in Microsoft word, excel, ADP, managing & coordinating accounts as well as doing payroll & other operational tasks. Having grown up in California & seeing her immigrant father struggle to make ends meet, inspired her to work with organizations that help working people achieve a voice. That is what CASE does & Berenice is proud to be part of a team that inspires & motivates immigrant communities to stand up for themselves.


Ana Alvarado, Immigration & Worker Center Intern


A sophomore at Arizona State University, first generation college student & daughter of Mexican immigrants, Ana has always had a passion for helping others. As a Justice Studies major who is passionate about helping the immigrant community, Ana is an energetic & humbling team member who is interning at CASE’s Immigration & Citizenship Center, where she helps members and their families become citizens.

Felix Trejo, Voter Registration & Outreach

IMG_9984In 2012, Felix first volunteered by helping register nearly 35,000 in efforts to out the Latino vote. Now, a student at Mesa Community College studying Landscaping & Architecture Felix continues to inspire & motivate his community to vote. From helping people become Citizens through CASE’s Immigration & Worker Center to canvassing to help pass Prop 104 in the City of Phoenix. Felix continues to work hard and is currently a leader in our voter outreach team.

Evelin Maldonado, Immigration & Worker Center Intern

IMG_9779Daughter of Mexican immigrants, Evelin in the eldest of two, and the first in her family to attend college. She is in the Paralegal program at Phoenix College & hopes to transfer to Arizona State University in the fall of 2017 where she will pursue a masters in Political Science. As a CASE intern, Evelin loves getting to know the members we service & their stories. She is excited to learn & grow with CASE in the coming months.

Johnny Allen, Immigration & Worker Center Intern

IMG_9791Born in Phoenix but raised in Tucson Arizona. Johnny is a Justice Studies senior at Arizona State University, who saw friends torn apart by the broken immigration system in our country. He decided to do something about it by helping immigrants become citizens through our Immigration & Worker Center. Johnny is currently in the process of becoming certified in the Board of Accreditation program.

Sarah Guthrie, Voter Registration Volunteer Organizer

IMG_9740Born in Maryland, Sarah has lived in Phoenix for the past 24 years. She is currently a senior pursuing her Bachelors degree in Transborder Studies & Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Sarah wants to get her Law degree in hopes of changing English only laws, and help the immigrant community have better and more adequate access to get the legal help they need.


Karen Mendivil, Immigration & Worker Center Intern

IMG_9799A junior & first generation college student at Arizona State University majoring in Political Science & Psychology with a minor in Transborder Studies & International Studies, Karen has always been proud of her Latina heritage. She wants to empower & support other girls just like her, to pursue higher education & create a positive change in their community through civic participation & action. By empowering people to become citizens, through CASE’s Immigration & Worker Center, Karen is making the difference in her community she wants to see. She is leading by example.

Itzimba Figueroa, Voter Registration Outreach

IMG_0010As a first generation college student & freshman at Arizona State University majoring in Justice Studies, Itzimba has always had a passion for making a difference In her community. As the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico, she has seen the struggle that her family has gone through to achieve the American Dream. From being an intern in our Immigration & Worker Center to going out in the community & registering people to vote, Itzimba knows that the change she wants to see in her community begins with her, and that is why she loves working with CASE.

Jessica Bautista, Immigration & Worker Center Intern

IMG_9814 (1)A microbiology major & Women studies minor Jessica, the daughter of Mexican immigrants grew up hearing all of the anti immigrant rhetoric surrounding her state. As a first generation college student, & sister of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Jessica has always had a passion for empowering women especially immigrant women in her community. Being able to intern in CASE’s Immigration & Worker Center gives her the ability to help her community & empower other women like her to achieve their dreams.