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Community Development Project

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Housing Justice, Inclusive Community Development

Faizah Malik

Managing Attorney

Faizah Malik (she/her) is Managing Attorney of Public Counsel’s housing justice initiatives, leading collaborative efforts across Public Counsel to advance housing justice. Overseeing a strategic litigation and policy advocacy agenda, she provides leadership to our housing justice team and supports community-based organizations and coalitions to advance affordable housing, tenant protections, equitable community development, and racial and economic justice.

Prior to this role, Faizah served as a supervising senior staff attorney with Public Counsel’s Community Development Project, joining the organization in 2018. She has supported several impact litigation cases to protect low-income tenants, helped to win the largest expansion of tenant protections in Los Angeles in 40 years, represented and supported the Bruce family in the return of Bruce’s Beach in a historic racial justice victory, and advanced the preservation and creation of affordable housing.

Faizah has extensive experience in land use, fair housing, and litigation. She has provided legal and policy support to coalitions and campaigns advancing housing justice, expanded tenant protection policies, supported campaigns for equitable planning and development, used litigation to enforce state and federal housing laws, and helped affordable housing developers and community-based organizations to navigate complex legal frameworks.

She is a leader in the housing justice community in California and serves on the board of the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH). In 2023, she was honored with the Public Interest Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-CA) at their 18th Annual Banquet. She is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School, where she received the Jane L. Mixer Award for her commitment to social justice.

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