“My role at LRYM is to oversee the business component of the firm, while ensuring that our mission remains at the forefront of all our efforts.  There are many great attorneys in Arizona, but what differentiates our practice is that we provide holistic representation, not only is Abogado Ray committed to winning your case, but I am also concerned about the experience that families go through when navigating the legal process, subsequently our entire team is dedicated to creating a positive experience with stellar results.”

Angeles J. Maldonado, Ph.D.
Operations Director
Department: Administration
Extension: 104

Angeles Maldonado, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University, with a specialization in Social and Philosophical Foundations.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies, with a Minor in Philosophy.  Her research focuses on analyzing discourse in the immigrant rights movement.  She applies Critical Race Theory and “Border Crit Theory,” a new and emerging theoretical framework she developed for understanding research in the borderlands.  Her focus areas of interest are immigration, critical pedagogy in education, community organizing, and social movements.

For the past thirteen years, Dr. Maldonado has been closely involved in the immigrant rights movement in Arizona.  Presently, she sits on the Community Advisory Board in the racial profiling case Ortega Melendres vs. Joseph Arpaio.  Her role is to represent and engage the community in holding the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office accountable as they embark on the long journey of reform and restoring public trust in its operations.

Dr. Maldonado’s interest in immigration stems from her own background.  Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, her family immigrated to Phoenix in 1989.   Dr. Maldonado was an organizer for a variety of nonprofit and labor organizations such as the grassroots organization Tonatierra, the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW Local 99), the Service Employees International Union’s Civic Participation Campaign (SEIU Local 5).  She has also worked for Chicanos Por La Causa, as the Program Director for La Union Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), a branch of the United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO), and for PUEBLO Center for Legal & Human Rights.

Currently, Dr. Maldonado serves as the Operations Director for the Law Office of Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado, while living in Phoenix, with her husband Ray Ybarra Maldonado and their boys Ray Emerson and Stokely Daniel.