Katianna Mazard serves as the Director of Operations & Management at Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA). Beginning in 2004 as a staff attorney, she served the elderly population of Broward County in various areas of law, such as landlord-tenant, consumer, immigration, abuse, financial exploitation, Social Security, health and public benefits. She litigated complex real estate scams and mortgage fraud cases in which her clients were defrauded out of the title to their homes. She not only assisted her clients with regaining their homes, but recovered attorney’s fees in the process. In 2015, Katianna was named Supervising Attorney for the Senior Citizen Law Project. Later, she was promoted to the Title III Project Director of the Senior Citizen Law Project; she oversaw the administration of our highly regarded programs that serve our vulnerable and low-income senior populations in Broward County. Katianna was instrumental in securing funding for CCLA from the Jim Moran Foundation for two projects, our Senior Continuum Care Grant and the Mobile Justice Squad Project. CCLA was the first legal aid organization in Florida to establish a mobile law office, an innovation which allows CCLA to provide access to justice for its homebound and disabled clients.
Additionally, Katianna served as Co-Chair of the Florida Housing Umbrella Group (HUG) from 2019-2020, is a member of the Office of the State Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit’s Elder Task Force, a Committee Member of the Nonprofit Executive Alliance of Broward, Board Chair of the Crisis Housing Solutions (a nonprofit organization), a member of the Broward County Bar Association, the Haitian Lawyers Association, the TJ Reddick Bar Association, and Gwen S. Chery Black Women Lawyers Association.
Katianna is a Haitian-American immigrant who grew up in the Broward County area. When she was hired as a legal aid attorney, her goal was to educate the Haitian community through community education presentations. Katianna has been featured on local Haitian television and radio stations to discuss the types of legal services CCLA provides to the community and educate seniors on their civil legal rights. Katianna is passionate about serving and protecting vulnerable older adults who are targeted daily by exploiters and abusers.
Katianna earned her Juris Doctor (JD) Degree from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad College of Law in 2003. She graduated from the University of South Florida’s Political Science Honors Program with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999. Katianna was a recipient of the Minority Participation in Legal Education (MPLE) Scholarship Program while pursuing both her undergraduate and law degrees. During law school, she was a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Black Law Student Association. She graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1995.