Maeve Elise Brown
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Maeve Elise Brown, Executive Director and a founder of Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), manages operations, supervises staff and participates in pieces of the organization’s substantive work, including litigation. She has 23 years of experience as a public interest attorney at, in order, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), National Housing Law Project (NHLP) and HERA. Her experience includes administrative advocacy and litigation on behalf of residents of subsidized housing and rent controlled buildings, and public benefits cases, fair housing advocacy and complaints, litigation against lenders, brokers and foreclosure rescue scammers, community workshops and trainings and technical assistance for professionals. She was also lead organizer and a founder of People's Community Partnership Federal Credit Union (a community development credit union). Ms. Brown left NHLP to found HERA in 2005. She has published articles on affordable housing issues and authored a chapter in the American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development (first edition and updated). She is bilingual in Spanish and French and conversant in Japanese, Farsi, Italian and German.