Biography

Leah Goodridge is a litigator and educator with over a decade of experience in community empowerment, housing rights and racial justice.  Currently Leah serves as Supervising Attorney of the Housing Project at Mobilization for Justice.  There, she leads a team of paralegals and attorneys which provide legal representation to tenants in eviction and administrative proceedings.  Leah has a wide range of litigation experience, including several published decisions and arguing before the New York State Court of Appeals.  

In 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Leah to serve as the tenant representative on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.  Working alongside coalitions, tenant organizers and elected officials, Leah works to achieve affordable rent for tenants across the city.  In 2020, her advocacy efforts led to a historic rent freeze for two year leases.

Leah began her career as a journalist at the National Urban League, covering civil rights violations. After law school, Leah launched the Community Economic Development Project at Medgar Evers College (City University of New York) to teach executive leadership to emerging nonprofit entrepreneurs in communities of color.  She is a frequent guest speaker on housing justice at universities including the University of Malta, McGill University Faculty of Law and Duke University.  Her honors and accolades include the 2019 New York County Lawyers Association Public Service Award, 2018 New York Nonprofit Media 40 under 40 Rising Star award, the 2015 Fulbright Specialist award and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Scholarship.  She received her J.D. with a specialization in Critical Race Theory from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law and her B.A. from Vassar College.  Leah is a native of Brownsville, Brooklyn. 

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