The California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund’s core mission is to increase the affordability and accessibility of housing in California by using legal advocacy and education to ensure cities comply with their own zoning ordinances and state housing law.

We are the preeminent and only non-profit in California that has focused solely on making sure that the hard-won legislative wins for housing at the State Capitol translate into equitable housing outcomes for all Californians.

In addition to housing impact litigation, we provide free legal aid, education and workshops, counseling and advocacy to advocates, homeowners, small developers, and city and state government officials.

We are CaRLA 

Dylan Casey

Dylan Casey

Executive Director

Dylan Casey moved to Oakland to join CaRLA in early 2017. Dylan’s work at CaRLA has focused on ensuring local compliance with state housing law, including the Housing Accountability Act and Accessory Dwelling Unit Law. Before joining CaRLA, Dylan worked as a land use lawyer for New York City government since graduating law school from New York University in 2012. Dylan worked on permitting the public review process for individual developments, neighborhood rezonings, and helped develop the city’s inclusionary housing program first at the Department of City Planning and later at the New York City Council.

Greg Magofña

Greg Magofña

Director of Development & Outreach

A Hawai’i and Bay Area native, Greg was previously the Digital Marketing and Communications Manager at Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency, an organization that works with and for homeless, formerly incarcerated, and/or low-income populations. In addition, he is one of the co-founders and Co-Executives of the social equity nonprofit East Bay for Everyone, once served as Senior Aide to former Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, and has served as both a Berkeley Housing Commissioner and Environmental Commissioner. Greg has a Master of Urban Planning from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley.

Courtney Welch

Courtney Welch

Director of Planning & Investigations

Courtney Welch is an East Bay native, experienced civic leader, proud mother of two, and member of the Emeryville City Council. Previously, she was the Director of Policy and Communications with the Bay Area Community Land Trust, (BACLT) where she helped create permanently affordable housing through cooperatively-run land stewardship projects. Prior to BACLT, Courtney was a Continuum of Care Specialist with EveryOne Home, working to end homelessness in Alameda County. In 2015, she founded Courtney Consulting Agency, a virtual assistant firm dedicated to assisting minority-owned startups and small businesses with administrative and operations needs. 

Kate Goldmann

Planning & Research Intern

Kate Goldmann is an Oakland native and fourth-year student at UC Berkeley, completing her BS in Conservation and Resource Studies with a concentration in sustainable city design and development. At Berkeley, Kate has conducted field research in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and participates in the Berkeley Urban Studies Student Association. Kate is interested in how planning can combat the climate crisis and make the built environment more sustainable, livable, and equitable. Kate’s desire to increase housing density, availability, and affordability is what led her to CaRLA!

Khang Tran

Marketing & Communications Intern

Khang Tran is currently a fourth year student at San Jose State. He has aspirations of working in the business field with a concentration in marketing. In his free time, Khang enjoys working out, playing video games, and building cars. In 2002, Khang and his family moved to San Jose from Vietnam when he was two years old. Khang’s first-hand experiences and difficulties with housing growing up led to him join CaRLA to try and help make a difference!

Board of Directors

Kate Downing

Attorney at Law Offices of Kate Downing

Alex Gourse

Associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP

Stephen Menendian

 Assistant Director and Director of Research at UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute

Luis Villa

Co-Founder and General Counsel at Tidelift

 

Supported by you

CaRLA relies on individual donations and membership subscriptions from regular people like you.

There is no California statewide agency charged with enforcing the laws like we do, which makes our work all the more valuable.

Donate to CaRLA and help us restore a legal environment in which California builds housing equal to its needs.