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Staff Members of the National Housing Law Project

Gideon Anders, Senior Staff Attorney | (415) 546-7000 Ext. 3103

Gideon has worked for NHLP for more than 30 years. He was formerly the Executive Director of NHLP from 1997 to 2008 and currently remains on staff at NHLP as a part-time senior staff attorney. Gideon’s area of expertise is the housing programs of the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service. He leads NHLP’s efforts related to rural affordable housing and provides legal and technical assistance on the preservation of rural rental housing and housing rights of homeowners within the USDA Rural Housing Services and Rural Development programs. Gideon has co-authored NHLP’s HUD Housing Programs: Tenants Rights, FmHA Housing Programs: Tenants’ and Purchasers’ Rights, and RD/RHS Homeowner’s Programs: Owners’ and Purchasers’ Rights.

In addition to his experience with NHLP, Gideon served as a Senior Project Manager for the Ecumenical Association for Housing and as an Assistant Director for Field Services for the Housing Assistance Council (HAC). He currently serves on the boards of the Housing Assistance Council, and the National Rural Housing Coalition.

Francis Antonio, Business and Technology Manager | (415) 546-7000 ext. 3108

Kara Brodfuehrer, Staff Attorney | (415) 546-7000 ext. 3105

Kara leads NHLP's California-based initiatives including providing extensive support to CA attorneys in the areas of eviction defense and preservation. Prior to joining NHLP, Kara was a Senior Attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley’s Mental Health Advocacy Project representing low-income tenants in a wide variety of landlord/tenant disputes, affirmative litigation, and civil commitment hearings. Kara started her legal career at California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. where she focused on improving public infrastructure, fair representation, and promoting environmental justice in disadvantaged unincorporated communities.

Jessica Cassella, Staff Attorney | (415) 546-7000 ext. 3116

Jessie joined NHLP in 2015 as a Ralph S. Abascal Fellow sponsored by UC Hastings College of Law. She joined NHLP as a staff attorney in 2016. Her work focuses on protecting tenants’ rights under the conversion of public housing to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program on a local and national level. Prior to receiving the Abascal Fellowship, Jessie clerked at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office and at NHLP, and was a City Hall Fellow at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

James R. Grow, Senior Staff Attorney | (415) 546-7000 Ext. 3104

James’ work at NHLP focuses on the preservation of privately-owned federally subsidized housing developments and is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on the subject. He has participated in many significant cases that have established or further defined preservation laws and rights of tenants in threatened properties and regularly provides assistance to legislators, housing attorneys, advocates and organizations. He is also an expert on low income housing tax credits and utility and energy issues.

James has co-authored the following publications on tenants’ rights in affordable housing: NHLP’s HUD Housing Programs: Tenants’ Rights, Public Housing in Peril, FmHA Housing Programs: Tenants’ and Purchasers’ Rights, the Subsidized Housing Handbook: How to Provide, Preserve and Manage Housing for Lower-Income People, and for the ACLU Handbook series, The Rights of Tenants.

Outside of his experience with NHLP, James was a lecturer at Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California in Berkeley and has served as Assistant Attorney for the City of Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board.

Wendy Mahoney, Administrative Team Leader | (415) 546-7000 ext. 3111

Karlo Ng, Supervising Attorney | (415) 546-7000 Ext. 3117

Karlo joined NHLP as the organization’s first David B. Bryson Fellow in 2011 and served as the lead editor and managing attorney of the 4th edition of NHLP’s seminal publication, HUD Housing Programs: Tenants’ Rights. Currently, she focuses on housing issues impacting survivors of domestic and sexual violence, immigrants, and other fair housing and civil rights matters. Before joining NHLP, Karlo was a George N. Lindsay Fellow and associate counsel at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington D.C. where she litigated fair housing cases and worked on national campaigns, including Election Protection. She also clerked for Magistrate Judge Adriana Arce-Flores at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Laredo.

Shamus Roller, Executive Director | (415) 546-7000 ext. 3106

Shamus assumed leadership of NHLP in 2016. Widely respected for his many accomplishments and illustrious track record, Shamus brings expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning, fundraising, coalition building and policy development to NHLP. His appointment at NHLP followed his tenure serving as Executive Director of Housing California. While there, Shamus successfully spearheaded policy initiatives that created new frameworks to address the needs of the state’s most vulnerable communities and he led successful advocacy to develop an innovative funding stream for affordable housing through California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Under his leadership, affordable housing residents were brought together under the Residents United Network to mobilize that constituency and coordinate their advocacy.

Prior to his work with Housing California, Shamus served as Executive Director of the Sacramento Housing Alliance where he spearheaded policy initiatives that cleared the path for increased mixed income housing and transit-oriented development. Before his entry into the housing sector, he worked in private law, with a practice focused on civil rights, employment discrimination, and criminal justice.

Michaeljit Sandhu, Volunteer | (415) 546-7000

Michaeljit is a graduate student, pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD at Harvard Law School. Prior to his work at NHLP, Michaeljit volunteered and worked for five years for affordable housing organizations in Chicago, including the Chicago Housing Initiative, where he was involved in local and national efforts to reform the Moving to Work demonstration program. He has also conducted research on mixed-income housing, rent policies, and reduced federal funding of housing programs.

Lisa Sitkin, Senior Staff Attorney | (415) 546-7000 ext. 3107

Lisa Sitkin provides technical assistance, training, and practice resources to attorneys representing homeowners in connection with mortgages and foreclosure. Before joining NHLP, Lisa was Managing Attorney at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates in Oakland, CA. Lisa has counseled and represented individual clients, participated in policy advocacy regarding mortgage servicing and foreclosure, and assisted with mortgage servicing, predatory and unfair lending litigation. She has conducted numerous workshops and trainings regarding mortgages, foreclosures, loan modification and foreclosure rescue scams, including programs produced by the Practicing Law Institute and the National Consumer Law Center, and has testified before the California State Legislature and other governmental bodies regarding mortgage servicing and foreclosure issues. She is one of the original drafters of the bill that ultimately became the California Homeowner Bill of Rights.

Susan Stern, Deputy Director | (415) 546-7000 ext. 3110

Deborah Thrope, Supervising Attorney | (415) 546-7000 Ext. 3124

Deborah Thrope joined NHLP as a staff attorney in June 2013. Deborah’s work focuses on policy advocacy to preserve federally subsidized housing and tenants’ rights in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs. Deborah also collaborates with state and national policy leaders to develop strategies to house chronically homeless adults, people with disabilities, and previously incarcerated individuals. Deborah served as Editor of the 2014 and 2016 Supplements to NHLP's seminal publication, HUD Housing Programs: Tenants Rights. Before she joined NHLP, Ms. Thrope was an attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley where she provided legal services to clients with disabilities facing eviction and civil commitment.

Renee Williams, Staff Attorney | (415) 546-7000 Ext. 3121

Renee joined NHLP as a Public Interest Law Fellow in 2012. During her fellowship, she concentrated on fair housing issues, with a particular focus on language access for those with limited English proficiency (LEP) and national origin discrimination. Renee’s current focus areas are language access, fair housing, and domestic violence. Renee was active in coordinating national commentary and analysis leading up to the final release of HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. Since the rule’s release, she has been an active trainer and assistance provider on the rule to both local advocates and jurisdictions.

During law school, Renee interned at the civil rights firm Relman, Dane, & Colfax and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham, Alabama. Before law school, Renee worked as a paralegal at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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