Rent Board Commissioner

Leah simon-weisberg

Leah Simon-Weisberg has been a tenant in Berkeley since 2009. She was elected November 8, 2016 to a four year term as Commissioner on the Berkeley Rent Board. She lives with her husband and daughter. Her daughter attends Malcolm X Elementary.

She has devoted nearly her entire legal career to fighting for tenants in California.  Leah is presently the Managing Attorney for the Tenant Rights Program at Centro Legal de la Raza.  Her practice focus on preventing the displacement of low-income tenants in Oakland. 

Leah began her housing legal career as co-Executive Director of the Eviction Defense Network (EDN) in Los Angeles, California. At EDN, Leah litigated over 1,000 unlawful detainer cases on behalf of tenants facing eviction in Los Angeles County.  She worked with Union de Vecinos in Los Angeles to successfully obtain Just Cause for Eviction Protections in Maywood, California.

After moving to Berkeley in 2009, she became the managing attorney of the Anti-Predatory Lending and Home Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Practice at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto.  In 2011, she joined Tenants Together (TT) as the Legal Director. At TT she managed the litigation practice which included class action and multi-plaintiff fair housing, habitability, tenant contract and consumer rights matters. 

Leah worked closely with tenant advocates around the Bay Area to strengthen tenant rights. She drafted the Richmond ballot measure for rent control and just cause that passed on November 8th as well as the City of Alameda rent control and just cause that both qualified for the November 2016 ballot.

Before attending law school at Northeastern University, School of Law, Leah worked for Senator Barbara Boxer in her San Francisco Office and served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Morocco.  She graduated from Earlham College and majored in Peace and Global Studies.  She speaks Spanish, Moroccan Arabic and French.



Berkeley Rent Board, Elected Commissioner, December 2016 - Present.

Tenants Together, Legal Director, August 2011- Present.          

Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, Managing Attorney of Anti-Predatory Lending Practice, Jan.2010-July 2011.

Eviction Defense Network, Co-Executive Director and Litigation Attorney, October 2003 - Nov. 2009.

Malcolm X Elementary PTA, Board Member, September 2015 - Present.

Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Preschool, Parent Committee Co-Chair, September 2012-August 2014.

National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles Chapter, Board member, 2003-2009.

Peace Corps, Morocco, Volunteer, 1994-1996.


Organizational Endorsements

East Bay Express

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Sierra Club

Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Alameda Democratic Party

Berkeley Tenants Union

Berkeley Progressive Alliance

Berkeley Citizens Action

Alameda County Green Party

UFCW, Local 5

SEIU, Local 1021

Friends of Adeline

East Bay Young Democrats

John George Democratic Club

Wellstone Renewal Democratic Club

East Bay Women's Political Caucus

Cal Democratic Club


Democracy for America

Asian Pacific American Democractic Club

Elected Officials

United States Senator Bernie Sanders

Kevin Carson,  Supervisor, Alameda County

Richard Valle, Supervisor, Alameda County

Gus Newport, Past Mayor of Berkeley

Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, President of the Berkeley Unified School Board 

Judy Appel, Board Member,  Berkeley Unified School Board

Sandre Swanson, Assembly Member (Ret.) California District 9

Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley City Council Member, District 4

Kriss Worthington, Berkeley City Council Member, District 7

Max Anderson, Berkeley City Council Member, District 3

Kathy Harr, Vice-Chair, Berkeley Rent Board; Berkeley Tenants Union Secretary 2013-2015*

Lisa Stephens, Past- Chair, Berkeley Rent Board

Jesse Townley, Chair, Berkeley Rent Board*

James Chang, Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Board*

John Selawsky, Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Board; Former President of Berkeley School Board (Ret)*

Marc Janowitz, Past Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner, East Bay Community Law Center-Housing Unit*

Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Board*

Igor Tregub, Vice Chair, Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission*

Andy Katz, EBMUD Board President

Gayle McLaughlin, Council Member, Richmond City Council

Richard Valle, Supervisor, Alameda County


Berkeley Leaders

Robert Wrenn, Berkeley Progressive Alliance

Ying Lee, Civil Rights Leader

Sophie Hahn, 2016 Candidate for City Council of Berkeley, District 5, Commissioner of Zoning Adjustments Board*

Christina Murphy, 2016 Candidate for Rent Board, Friends of Adeline, Berkeley Drop in Center*

Jeffrey Carter, Tenant Attorney, Berkeley

Jenna Kingkade, President, UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly*

Ben Bartlett, Berkeley City Council Candidate, District 3

Vickie Davis, President, Malcolm X PTA*

Fred Dodsworth, Berkeley City Council Candidate, District 8

Nicole Herron, Contra Costa County Deputy Public Defender, Berkeley Resident, Malcolm X PTA Board Member *

Julie Elis, Berkeley Resident

Erica Klempner, Oxford Elementary Parent and Jewish Community Center of the East Bay Preschool Parent*

Josh Room, Malcolm X Elementary, PTA Board, past-president



Civil Rights and Economic Justice Leaders

Jocelyn Larkin, Impact Fund, Executive Director

Adam Kruggel, PICO CaliforniaDirector of Organizing

Carol Sobel, National Lawyers Guild,* Civil Rights Attorney

Eleanor Morton, Leonard Carter, Union-Side Labor Lawyer

Amy Whelan, Senior Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights*

Ming Wong, Secretary of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter*

Gabriel Haaland, Political Coordinator, SEIU Local 1021*

Daniel Jameyson, Executive Board Area Representative, SEIU 1021* Concord Democratic Club President*

Jackie Zaneri, Head Steward, Berkeley Unit of the UC Student Workers Union, UAW 2865*

Elisa Tamarkin, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley


Tenant Movement Leaders

Ken Greenstein, Greenstein and McDonald, Tenant Attorney*

Dean Preston, Founder, Tenants Together*

Deepa Varma, Executive Director, San Francisco Tenants Union*

Fred Sherburn-Zimmer, Executive Director Housing Rights Committee*

Catherine Pauling, Alameda Rents Coalition

Erin McElroy, Director, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Anthony Panarese, Oakland Organizer, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)*

Elizabeth Blaney, Co-Executive Director, Union de Vecinos*, Los Angeles and Maywood

Thelmy Perez, LA Human Right to Housing Collective,* Los Angeles

Sarah Kobrinsky, Emeryville Poet Laureate

David Hall, Tenant Attorney and Berkeley parent

Lisa Giampaoli, Tenant Attorney and Berkeley resident

Julia Cato, Original Berkeley Tenant Union Member, Gray Panthers*

Brian Brophy, Tenant Attorney

*for identification purposes only


Berkeley Tenants Union

Berkeley Tenants Union

John George Democratic Club

John George Democratic Club


Learn more about rent control

What does Rent Board do?

People have been asking me what the Berkeley Rent Board does. The Rent Board has two roles. It oversees the "agency" through its appointment of the director of the Rent Board. It has to approve the budget and determine the annual fee. The Rent Board Commissioners draft and approve regulations as well as hear appeals.


CALI: the Pro-Tenant Slate for Berkeley Rent Board




The Pro-Tenant Slate is made up of Christina Murphy, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Igor Tregub and Alejandro Soto-Vigil. This slate's campaign platform is to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion to keep people in Berkeley; Fairly enforce Berkeley's Rent and Eviction Protections Ordinance; and to Defend and strengthen rent control in Berkeley to keep Berkeley a place we can all call home. 

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