Richelle Gernan, Income Security Housing Fellow, supports NWLC’s advocacy efforts regarding housing policies that center the needs of low-income women, children, and families, particularly women of color, LGBTQ people, survivors of domestic violence, and disabled women.
Prior to joining the Center, Richelle was a law clerk with the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and a judicial extern at the Federal District Court of the Northern District of California for Judge Edward M. Chen. Additionally, she helped represent low-income tenants in their eviction cases with the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, CA.
Richelle has a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where she served as Editor-in-Chief of Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. She holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University where she created her own major Pinayist Self-Expression through Art. Before law school, Richelle was a Development and Project Specialist at The Mosaic Project, an education nonprofit in Oakland, CA. She developed and taught Pilipinx American Studies with Pin@y Educational Partnerships.