News Release

Texas Access to Justice Foundation 
November 14
,  2018

Perla Cavazos Appointed to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation Board of Directors

AUSTIN, Texas  —  The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF) has added Perla Cavazos of Austin to its board of directors. The Foundation provides grant funding for civil legal aid in Texas. The State Bar of Texas appointed Cavazos to a three-year term.

“We are pleased to welcome Perla Cavazos to our board as we continue our work to ensure access to justice for all Texans,” Richard L. Tate, chair of the board of directors of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, said. “Her talents and background will be extremely helpful as we work with legal aid organizations throughout the state of Texas to provide civil legal assistance for low-income individuals and families.”

Cavazos is vice president of government affairs for Central Health. She previously worked for Texas Legal Services Center, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and in the Texas Senate as a senior policy analyst and legislative director. Cavazos earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Born and raised in San Benito in the Rio Grande Valley, Cavazos moved to
Austin more than 20 years ago to work on the issue of providing affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. Her expertise in public policy, advocacy and government affairs is focused on improving the lives of Texans who are most vulnerable.

Cavazos is an active volunteer in the community, serving on several nonprofit boards, city commissions and task forces. She’s a board member of Planned Parenthood-Greater Texas, Foundation Communities, Girls Empowerment Network (GEN), Frameworks CDC and LUPE Arte. Cavazos is a founding member of FuturoFund, a local philanthropic circle that supports Latino-serving nonprofit organizations in Austin. Her prior public service includes the City of Austin Planning Commission, Commission for Women, Resource Management Commission, Imagine Austin Citizens Advisory Task Force and City Manager Search Task Force.

The Supreme Court of Texas created the Texas Access to Justice Foundation in 1984 to provide funding for the civil legal needs of poor and low-income Texans.
The Foundation grants millions of dollars per year to approximately 40 organizations statewide that provide free civil legal assistance to low-income Texans. With TAJF grants, legal aid organizations provide free legal assistance in civil matters, such as protection from domestic violence and assistance with housing issues, to more than 150,000 low-income Texans each year.

The Foundation’s board includes 13 attorney and public members, seven of whom are appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas and six by the State Bar of Texas.


The Texas Access to Justice Foundation (, created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1984, is the leading state-based funding source for the provision of civil legal aid in Texas. The organization is committed to the vision that all Texans will have equal access to justice, regardless of their income. The Foundation administers a variety of funding sources, which are earmarked to assist nonprofit organizations in providing legal aid to more than 150,000 Texas families each year.


Contact: Kimberly Schmitt
512-320-0099, ext. 104


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