TENANTS’ RIGHTS GROUP
Leah is the Directing Attorney of the Tenant Rights Program at Centro Legal de la Raza. She manages a staff of 21 and oversees the anti-displacement programs for the County of Alameda and City of Oakland. She leads policy initiatives to strengthen tenant protections across Alameda County.
Leah came from Tenants Together (TT) where she was the Legal Director. At TT, she managed the litigation practice which included class action and multi-plaintiff fair housing, habitability, tenant contract and consumer rights matters. She regularly provided technical assistance on rent control and drafted the ordinance that passed in Richmond, California in November 2017. Before joining Tenants Together, Leah was the Managing Attorney of the Anti-Predatory Lending and Home Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Practice at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. Leah began her housing work in Los Angeles as the co-Executive Director of the Eviction Defense Network (EDN). At EDN, Leah litigated over 1,000 unlawful detainer cases on behalf of tenants facing eviction in Los Angeles County. Leah has extensive experience providing education to legal service providers on eviction defense and rent control.
Before attending law school at Northeastern University, School of Law, Leah worked for Senator Barbara Boxer in her San Francisco Office and served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Morocco. Leah is presently an elected Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner. She also serves on Board of the the Strawberry Creek Lodge, a Senior Independent Living complex located in Berkeley.