Our Team

Kim Kruckel, Executive Director

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Ms. Kruckel joined the Child Care Law Center staff in 2012. She began her career as a community organizer, and founded Parent Voices at BANANAS Child Care Resource & Referral so parents with low-incomes could advocate for child care.

Ms. Kruckel has experience in employment law, housing law, and legislative and grassroots advocacy, with expertise in Paid Family Leave and family-friendly work policies. She received her law degree from University of San Francisco School of Law.


Laurie Furstenfeld, Senior Staff Attorney

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Ms. Furstenfeld’s expertise is in the areas of increasing access to child care for foster families and relative caregivers, improving the quality and safety in child care, and advocating for fair business and zoning laws for family child care home providers. Before coming to the Child Care Law Center, Ms. Furstenfeld worked as a consulting and volunteer immigration attorney.

Ms. Furstenfeld received her JD and Public Service Certificate from UC Davis in 2011. During law school, Ms. Furstenfeld served as a board member of the school’s co-operative child care, an organization where students donated their time to care for the children of law students. She also combined her legal knowledge and social work background to work on under-served children’s issues related to benefits, juvenile justice, foster care, mental health, special education, and immigration while clerking at the National Center for Youth Law, Legal Services for Children, East Bay Children’s Law Offices, and San Francisco Juvenile Public Defender’s Office. Before law school, Laurie was a social worker in a mental health special education classroom in the Oakland Unified School District.


Patti Prunhuber, Senior Policy Attorney

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Patti Prunhuber joined the Child Care Law Center as Senior Policy Attorney in January 2016. From 2010 to 2015, Patti worked at the Public Interest Law Project. P Prunhuber photoSome of her significant work there on behalf of children and families with low-incomes includes Parent Voices Oakland v. Calif. Dept. of Education, halting the termination of Stage 3 subsidized child care for 56,000 children; Hartley v. Calif. Dept. of Social Services, ending the  practice of collecting from children, and former children, the welfare debts incurred by their parents; multiple writs challenging counties’ unlawful General Assistance policies; and Jones v. Calif. Dept. of Social Services, challenging the failure of county welfare departments to provide welfare-to-work promptly to time-limited CalWORKs recipients.

Ms. Prunhuber worked in Massachusetts legal services organizations for twenty-five years, most recently as Litigation Director at Community Legal Aid. In addition to her legal advocacy in state and federal court in the areas of public benefits, health care, fair housing and workers’ rights, she has taught courses on Welfare Law and Social Policy, Family Law, and Labor and Employment Law. Ms. Prunhuber received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.


Julia Frudden, Director of Community Advocacy

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Julia Frudden first joined the Child Care Law Center in 2016. She first joined us as a Project Manager, later became the Communications and Development Manager, and she now directs advocacy and engagement efforts for our community development initiatives.

As Project Manager, she focused on assisting families at risk of losing their affordable child care and advocating for fair business and zoning laws for family child care homes. As Communications and Development Manager, she led our outreach efforts to promote awareness of issues and support progressive policy change for children and families.

Previously in her career, Ms. Frudden taught first grade in under-served communities in East Palo Alto and in Five Points, Denver CO. She also has experience supporting youth in juvenile probation camps in Los Angeles. Ms. Frudden graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Political Science.


Maisha Cole, Staff Attorney  

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Maisha Cole joined the staff of the Child Care Law Center as Staff Attorney in December 2018. Ms. Cole received her B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley and her JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Immediately after law school, Ms. Cole worked at Making Waves Education Program, where she provided support to under-served children and families in San Francisco, combining her love of education and legal expertise. Ms. Cole then began her legal career working as an outreach attorney at AIDS Legal Referral Panel, providing training to clients and service providers in the areas of government benefits, housing, employment, and disability rights. Ms. Cole looks forward to continuing her advocacy and passion for representing diverse communities here at the Child Care Law Center.