President & CEO
Diego Cartagena has focused his entire legal career on addressing issues of access to justice. As a former Equal Justice Works Fellow and Teen Advocate with The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice’s Teen LA project, Diego helped give low-income teen mothers and fathers a voice in court by providing them with legal advocacy and outreach in the areas of family and immigration law. Diego then went on to serve as Pro Bono Director for The Alliance for Children’s Rights, while simultaneously serving as the agency’s Probate Legal Guardianship Program Director.
Diego joined Bet Tzedek in 2012 as Director of Pro Bono Programs and was promoted to Vice President Pro Bono in 2015. Under his leadership, Bet Tzedek increased clinic participation opportunities for both law firms and in-house legal department volunteers. He also guided the building of Bet Tzedek’s Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) program, capitalizing Bet Tzedek’s organizational expertise in guardianship law. After witnessing the need for comprehensive legal services for small businesses and entrepreneurs in underserved communities, he launched the Small Business Legal Academies in 2016. In 2017, Diego became Bet Tzedek’s Vice President of Legal Programs. Under his leadership, Bet Tzedek launched a number of the organization’s flagship programs including Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project, Bet Tzedek’s Rapid Response: Family Preparedness program, the Harbor UCLA Medical-Legal Partnership, and the SSI Advocacy Project.
Diego is a “Double Bruin,” having received his BA in American Literature and Culture from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) and his J.D. from UCLA’s School of Law, where he concentrated on Critical Race Studies.
Diego currently serves as a board member of OneJustice. In 2019, he delivered the opening remarks at the 2019 Equal Justice Works annual fellowship convening and was a panelist at the USC Real Estate Law and Pro Bono Forum and served on numerous NLADA/Equal Justice Conference panels. In 2017, he delivered the keynote at O’Melveny & Myers Warren Christopher Scholarship Awards, a scholarship program that honors senior partner Warren Christopher by recognizing rising academic stars in low-income and minority communities with college scholarships.
Vice President, Human Resources
Russell Davis is a seasoned C-Suite executive with significant talent management experience. He has served as the Chief of Staff and Vice President of Human Resources with the Rare Genomics Institute, served as an Executive Vice President with Oberman, Tivoli & Pickert, and was the co-founder of Employee and Employer.
Before moving into the human resources field, Russell established The Dialogue Consultants, an organizational development firm, worked in Student Affairs at UCLA, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. He has his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and did his graduate work in Education Counseling at USC.
Vice President of Finance & CFO
Jen Petrovich brings to Bet Tzedek a keen understanding of finance developed while working with a variety of businesses across a wide spectrum of industries, both in staff positions and working for clients through her own financial advisory consultancies. She represented several nonprofit organizations in a finance capacity early in her career, and honed her talents and skills in the for-profit world as CFO for a specialty sports beverage company that began in a spare room of its founder’s home to become the third largest sports drink in the country within three years. Before that, she was the head of finance and operations in creative agencies that produced print advertising and trailers for feature films and television.
Jen’s skill set and approach to finance have been shaped by a career grounded in the social responsibilities advanced by the nonprofit world, and tempered by her more entrepreneurial endeavors both in her own practice and with start-up and small business clients and employers. She hopes to imbue Bet Tzedek’s finance department with the best of the spirit, attitude and practices learned in both worlds.