Rent Board Commissioner
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.