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Diane Iglesias is a Senior Deputy Director for the Department of Children and Family Services with oversight of multiple divisions within the Department including Risk Management; Litigation; and Commercially Sexually Exploited Children. Ms. Iglesias also oversees Child Fatality Reviews and Internal Affairs, the Sensitive Case Unit, and Juvenile Dependency Court staffing.
Ms. Iglesias manages and directs all aspects of civil and criminal litigation involving the Department, including formulating and implementing Corrective Action Plans to minimize future claims. She routinely analyzes case practice, operational and systemic issues for all system-involved child fatalities and critical incidents and provides input on reports to improve practice and child safety.
Ms. Iglesias provides input on proposed legislation and helps to work with elected officials to ensure legislation is compliant with County priorities and consistent with applicable law and regulations working to enhance child and family well-being and improve organizational excellence.
Prior to joining the Department of Children and Family Services, Ms. Iglesias served as Assistant Lead Attorney for the Children’s Special Investigation Unit and a Supervising Attorney for Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. With a passion for child welfare and improving safety and outcomes for children and families, she began her career as a Clinical Social Worker at Hollygrove Children’s Home.
She received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, completed graduate studies in the School of Social Work from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University.
She has been recognized as a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children.