Since May of 2000, Theresa Fay-Bustillos has been the Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation and Vice President of Worldwide Community Affairs for Levi Strauss & Company. She is responsible for leading their corporate social responsibility, philanthropic, and employee community involvement activities globally. The Foundation provides almost $10 million in grants in 35 countries to alleviate poverty for women and youth through two mutually reinforcing strategies: preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, and increasing economic and education opportunities. In addition, the company and foundation have established the Workers’ Rights program aimed at educating apparel workers and enforcing workplace rights.
After graduating from U.C. Berkeley in 1975 and the UCLA School of Law in 1980, Ms. Fay-Bustillos became a trial attorney specializing in labor and employment law, voting rights, education, and immigrants’ rights issues. She litigated class action or complex cases at the U.S. Department of Labor, the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and at the Law Offices of Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak, and Baller. She briefly became an Administrative Law Judge and taught a civil rights litigation class at the University of Southern California Law School before changing careers and moving to the field corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.