Board of Directors
Stephen L. Collier, Board President
Steve Collier has been a staff attorney at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic in San Francisco since 1987, representing low-income tenants in all aspects of housing law. He specializes in affirmative tenant suits for wrongful eviction and habitability, and Ellis Act eviction defense. In addition to his work at Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Steve is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law.
Gen Fujioka, Director
Gen Fujioka is the Senior Policy Advocate at the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. Prior to this, Gen was the Director of Programs at the Asian Law Caucus, a San Francisco based nonprofit law office dedicated to serving the needs of Asian Pacific Americans. Gen joined the Caucus in 1989 and served as its lead attorney on land use, eviction, and housing development cases as well as on other civil rights matters. Previously, Gen also served as a staff attorney for five years with the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County.
Larry Gross, Director
Larry Gross is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES). He has been with CES for over 38 years, since its inception in 1973. CES is a grassroots, multi-racial, multi-ethnic tenants' rights organization serving low and moderate income renters throughout the greater Los Angeles area. CES' impressive track record includes leading campaigns to win rent control in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, among many other accomplishments. Larry has been selected to serve on many City housing task forces and committees over the years, most recently being appointed by the L.A. City Council to the City Rent Stabilization Ordinance Study Oversight Committee.
Michelle Kezirian, Director
Michelle Kezirian is the Director of Litigation and Policy Advocacy at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), and leader of the program’s Health Consumer Center (HCC). In addition to overseeing HCC’s numerous programs and projects, Kezirian directs NLSLA’s policy advocacy initiatives, cultivates strategic litigation across practice areas, and provides training/mentoring for NLSLA lawyers. Kezirian has a wide range of experience and expertise, having litigated numerous complex, multi-plaintiff cases. Kezirian also co-teaches at UCLA and USC Schools of Law, and serves as co-chair of the Pacific Council on International Policy’s GTMO task force.
Pahoua Lor, Director
Pahoua Lor is an attorney in private practice in Fresno. Until 2012, she was a Staff Attorney at Central California Legal Services where she assists clients with unlawful detainer defense and provides housing advocacy by working with a range of community groups. She has also served as Interim Director of The Southeast Asian Institute for Advancement, Fresno, CA. She is fluent in Hmong.
María Guadalupe "Lupe" Arreola, Executive Director
Lupe Arreola has been active in the San Francisco tenant community for over 15 years. She is the former Director of Counseling Programs at St Peter's Housing Committee where she worked from 2001 to 2008 counseling and organizing San Francisco tenants. Lupe served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Community Land Trust, as a member of the Lead Poisoning Citizens' Advisory Committee, and on the Board of Directors of Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action (PILA). She currently serves on ther Board of Directors of People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Justice (PODER).
Aimee was trained as a community organizer through the Midwest Academy's Organizing program, and has worked professionally on starting and managing volunteer programs and developing education and outreach services for tenants’ rights. She has worked for housing justice for over 6 years, starting as a volunteer counselor on Tenants Together’s Tenant Rights Hotline. As staff, her role at Tenants Together has evolved from developing their volunteer and tenant education programs to online organizing and communications to currently leading our local capacity-building and movement-building support team.
Shanti Singh, Communications and Development Coordinator
Shanti grew up in Pittsburgh and cut her nonprofit teeth in her teen years at education research, health NGO, refugee resettlement, and Latinx community nonprofits while studying economics and political science at the University of Pennsylvania. She’s been organizing around tenants’ rights and affordable housing issues since relocating to the Bay Area, most recently with the 2015 Aaron Peskin for Supervisor and 2016 Sandra Lee Fewer for Supervisor campaigns in San Francisco, as well as with the SF chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and YAH (Yes to Affordable Housing!). Shanti is excited to help further TT’s mission of bottom-up tenant organizing for housing decommodification and democratization.
Adolfo Echeverry, Operations Manager
Adolfo Echeverry graduated with a B.S in Agribusiness at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and has over 20 years of experience in the management field. He moved to the United States in 1999. Since he has worked exclusively with non-profits. Before joining the Tenants Together’s team, Adolfo worked for almost 9 years as Research Associate/Management Assistant at the San Francisco Welcome Back Center.
Eduardo Torres, Northern California Regional Coordinator
Eduardo has been organizing in his hometown of Bay Point with ACCE West Pittsburg for Progress for 3 years where the focus has been improving the quality of life in the unincorporated community. Eduardo’s educational background is in Recording Arts and his professional experience includes working in media and performing arts. Eduardo previously worked at Univision Communications for 9 years. He is excited to be organizing for tenants' rights in the East Bay, where low-income tenants and communities of color are facing increasing rising rents and displacement.
Jorge Rivera, Southern California Regional Coordinator
Jorge Rivera is a long time resident and has been organizing in the City of Long Beach for over 6 years. He is a founder of LiBRE (Long Beach Residents Empowered), a grassroots community organizing group focused on affordable housing, tenant rights and community economic development. Also trained in a variety of trauma healing and resiliency modalities, Jorge is passionate about bringing these with him into his practice of community organizing to. He is a fluent Spanish speaker and his educational background is in Psychology & Philosophy. He is dedicated to working alongside seasoned/developing residents and organizations to ensure a more equitable & just community.
Sara Linck-Frenz, Counseling and Volunteer Program Manager
Sara Linck-Frenz was first introduced to the fight for housing justice through Causa Just: Just Cause, a grassroots organization that works to build leadership to achieve justice for low-income black and brown communities in San Francisco and Oakland. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Sara studied a rotating mix of cultural geography, queer/gender studies, Latin American literature, and dance. She now spends most of her time sorting through the intersections of resistance, care, and justice with her chosen family. Sara is very excited to be a part of the Tenants Together community and grateful for the opportunity to support the fight for safe, affordable, and equitable housing in California.
Dean Preston, Policy Advocate
Dean is the founder of Tenants Together. Dean is an attorney with expertise on tenant rights. Dean has trained hundreds of California attorneys, counselors, and organizers on tenant rights issues and provides ongoing technical assistance to tenant advocates across the state. He regularly testifies before the state legislature on tenant rights issues and has been involved in numerous ballot campaigns at the local and state level. In 2008, Dean played a key role in the campaign against Proposition 98, a ballot measure that would have abolished rent control statewide. Prior to launching Tenants Together, Dean was a staff attorney for seven years at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic (THC) in San Francisco where he represented low-income tenants in housing matters. His practice included defending tenants against eviction, suing landlords for wrongful eviction and substandard housing conditions, and fighting conversion of rent-controlled housing. Dean has received awards from numerous tenant rights organizations.
Tenants Together member organizations regularly provide guidance on state legislation and support state and local efforts for renters' rights.