Fair Housing Inequities of the COVID-19 Pandemic

About the Webinar

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, women and people of color have suffered adversely from its effects, including in the fair housing context. This event features a discussion of the prevalent fair housing issues that have emerged during the pandemic. Panelists will educate the public about how to recognize fair housing violations and provide recommendations for how these problems might be addressed by public and private fair housing organizations.

Below, please find the full biographies of our Moderator and Panelists for this event.

Lisa Rice is President and CEO of the Nation-al Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and leads the organization’s efforts to advance fair housing principles and to preserve and broaden fair housing protections, expanding equal housing opportunities for millions of Americans. 

Ms. Rice played a major role in crafting sections of the Dodd-Frank Act and in establishing the Office of Fair Lending within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

Prior to becoming President and CEO, Ms. Rice served as NFHA’s Executive Vice President and man-aged the organization’s resource development, public policy, communications, and enforcement divisions.

Ms. Rice is a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Board of Directors, Center for Responsible Lending Board of Directors, JPMorgan Chase Consumer Advisory Council, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Consumer Advisory Council, Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Urban Institute’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative, and Quicken Loans Consumer Advisory Forum.

Sandra Park is a Senior Staff Attorney in the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. At the ACLU, Sandra engages in litigation, policy advocacy, and public education at the federal, state, and local levels to advance gender equality and the rights of women and girls. Sandra has advocated for survivors of gender-based violence throughout her legal career. Much of her current work focuses on discrimination faced by victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in housing, law enforcement response, and schools. She leads the ACLU’s work on fair housing, including challenging the impact of evictions on women of color and housing discrimination against survivors of gender-based violence. Sandra is also responsible for the ACLU’s work strengthening patients’ genetic privacy rights and addressing the intersection of patent regulation and civil liberties. She represented twenty medical organizations, geneticists, and patients in a groundbreaking lawsuit challenging patents granted on two human genes related to breast and ovarian cancer, resulting in a unanimous 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating gene patents (Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics).

Sandra currently serves as Board Chair of Girls for Gender Equity and as a Board Member of the New York City Bar Association. She was selected as a Movement Maker by Move to End Violence, a ten-year initiative of the NoVo Foundation to build the social justice movement in the U.S. to end violence against girls and women. Before joining the ACLU, she worked as a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of New York and clerked for U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Law.

Jeanine Worden is the Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  For ten years, she served as the Associate General Counsel for Fair Housing in the Department’s Office of General Counsel responsible for enforcing the Fair Housing Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Prior to joining HUD, Ms. Worden was a manager in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where she supervised investigations and litigation and directed the Justice Department’s Project Civic Access initiative to remedy state and local government noncompliance with disability rights laws. 

Before joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Worden worked at a major Washington, D.C. law firm, specializing in civil litigation and advising clients about federal, state and local civil rights laws. 

She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, Master’s degrees from Middlebury College and The Johns Hopkins University, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.  She is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland bars. 

Erin Kemple has worked on issues of racial justice and equity for over three decades.  In 1985, she was admitted to legal practice in Massachusetts, where she specialized in representing low income individuals and families with housing and benefits complaints.

She then spent 14 years as founder, legal director and executive director of the Housing Discrimination Project, a private fair housing organization serving all of central and western Massachusetts. Since 2003, Erin has served as Executive Director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. 

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