Soledad Valenciano is a lawyer, mother of three and active member of her community. After graduating from Hofstra University School of Law in 1989, she represented the New York City Department of Social Services in protecting children who suffered abuse and neglect. In 1993, she moved to Massachusetts, and throughout the next several years held positions as an Assistant District Attorney for Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. At each position, her assignments were concentrated in domestic violence-related crimes and juvenile matters. Currently she represents youths committed to the Department of Youth Services charged with violating the terms of their release while in the community. In addition, since 2011, she has been working for the John Andrew Mazie Mentoring program as Case Manager, matching at-risk students at Waltham High School with adult mentors. Ms. Valenciano is an outspoken advocate for economic and social justice for the Latino immigrant community in Waltham and sits on the board of the Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (W.A.T.C.H.). She is also a member of the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) subcommittee of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.