Erica Flores Baltodano
Civil Service Commissioner
Erica Flores Baltodano has 20 years of experience as an attorney, policy advocate, professor, and writer in the areas of employment law, environmental justice, civil rights, and non-profit/small business management. After a decade of legal and policy advocacy on behalf of underserved communities in Los Angeles, Ms. Baltodano co-founded and became Managing Partner of a San Luis Obispo-based employment law firm in 2010. In 2017 her firm was recognized locally for its commitment to access to justice, community service, and education.
Today, Ms. Baltodano advises employees and small businesses in the private sector as President of The Baltodano Firm and is a faculty member at San Luis Obispo College of Law where she teaches Constitutional Law and is developing a new course on Voting Rights. In addition, Ms. Baltodano is President of the Board of Directors of San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation, which provides free legal services to SLO County seniors, veterans, and others in need, and she is a founding board member of the San Luis Coastal Education Foundation. The recipient of prestigious recognitions from the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo, and the SLO County Commission on the Status of Women, Ms. Baltodano is comfortable negotiating the complexities of human conflict and relations, in large part because of her diverse personal background, exceptional communication skills, and range of professional experience.
A graduate of UCLA with a degree in Sociology and Public Policy, Ms. Baltodano earned her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband and two children where she enjoys leading civics fieldtrips for schoolchildren, reading non-fiction, hiking in the mountains, and cooking for loved ones.