Louise Pocock is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Immigration Policy team. Since 2014, Pocock has worked to improve access to public benefits programs, with a focus on removing barriers that disproportionately impact immigrant families. As a staff attorney with the Public Benefits team at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, she worked on litigation and administrative reform efforts to bring New Mexico’s Medicaid and SNAP application processing and case renewal procedures into compliance with the law. As a staff attorney with the Family Support and Health Care Program at the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, Pocock directly represented immigrant families in appealing benefit denials or terminations in Social Security, Medicaid and home care services, Affordable Care Act coverage and tax subsidies, SNAP, TANF, and child care. Most recently, as the Immigration Policy Attorney with the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, Louise worked with local community-based organizations to identify and address systemic policies or practices that unjustly targeted South Carolina’s immigrant communities by providing legal training, research, and strategy support for community driven campaigns.
Pocock completed her international baccalaureate diploma at the Mahindra United World College of India. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University and studied at La Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mérida. After college, Louise was an Assistant County Planner for Rio Arriba County before earning her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2013.