Our stakeholder meeting on June 4th was on the topic of Partnerships Between Legal Services and Income & Asset Development Service Providers.

Download the meeting notes and slide decks here. pdf

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES

MAEVE ELISE BROWN, Executive Director and a founder of Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), manages operations, supervises staff and participates in the organization’s substantive work. Her years of experience as a public interest attorney include litigation and administrative advocacy on behalf of tenants and homeowners, public benefits advocacy, community organizing, fair housing advocacy, community workshops, and trainings and technical assistance for professionals. Ms. Brown has published articles on affordable housing issues, designed and teaches a course on mortgage lending and homeownership at UC Berkeley School of Law and is vice-chair of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board.

SHARON DJEMAL is Director of the Consumer Justice Practice at East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Sharon oversees attorneys and law students as the Clinic defends, enforces, and advances the rights of low-income consumers. Through this work she engages in a full range of litigation, policy advocacy, and community education. Before becoming the director of the Consumer Justice Clinic, Sharon served as a supervising attorney in EBCLC’s Housing Practice for 14 years. Prior to her work at EBCLC, Sharon was a Soros Fellow at the Urban Justice Center’s Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project, where she represented public housing tenants being evicted from their homes based on criminal allegations. Sharon currently serves on the California State Bar’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Service. Sharon earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and her B.A., in Political Science from Macalester College.

ANDREA LUQUETTA is the Policy Advocate for the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC). In addition to working with major banks to increase access to affordable consumer banking accounts and to improve compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act, Andrea also fights against predatory consumer financial products and practices. Andrea joined CRC after several years as a litigator at Western Center on Law and Poverty, where she enforced affordable and fair housing laws on behalf of extremely low income tenants throughout California. As a former organizer, Andrea also helped lead a statewide coalition of advocates working to identify and end impediments to fair housing across California. Andrea graduated UCLA School of Law’s 3 Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy where she also completed a Concentration in Critical Race Studies. Prior to attending law school, Andrea was an advocate for affordable housing development and CRA compliance at the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and at New Jersey Citizen Action.

MEGUMI TSUTSUI joined Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) in 2014 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. As an Attorney Fellow, Megumi focuses on eliminating barriers to affordable credit. This includes helping individuals resolve issues with abusive or bad debt, highcost loans, and problems with credit reports. With her J.D. from Harvard Law School, Megumi brings experience working in legal services on predatory student loans and with strategic litigation centers on enforcing economic and education rights. Prior to law school, Megumi worked in nonprofit and for-profit management consulting. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.