M. Lucero Ortiz is an immigration attorney with over 10 years of experience as a public policy leader and direct legal services provider. In her current practice, she represents clients in state and administrative hearings and immigration matters before the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security related to family reunification petitions, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), and unaccompanied minors. Previously, she served for four years as a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretaries Hilda L. Solis and Thomas E. Perez focused on workers' rights in the areas of health and safety as well as diversity in Federal hiring. She has also worked at the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA); the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI); and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
Lucero is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and Chicana/o Studies, and American University, Washington College of Law. She is active in the Washington, DC community serving as the Chair of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of Mary's Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). For her commitment to social justice, she has received several awards and recognitions including the Rising Star Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC), among others.