Meet the Team


Dianne Prado

Executive Director

Founder, Dianne Prado, combines her passion and training by advocating for people and pets in underserved communities - ensuring health and safety while fighting to address and prevent homelessness.

Prior to founding HEART L.A., Dianne was a Supervising Attorney at Inner City Law Center (ICLC) where she started the Pet Resource Center on Skid Row. In collaboration with Downtown Dog Rescue and LA Animal Services, this project provides resources and housing-based legal services to Skid Row residents and their animals. As a part of ICLC, Dianne used her litigation skills to stop landlords from abusing the rights of tenants. Prior to ICLC, Dianne was a staff attorney at the Eviction Defense Network where she protected the housing rights of low-income communities.

Dianne received her Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminology, law and society from the University of California, Irvine. She is a proud member of the National Lawyers Guild.