Fernando Gaytan leads LAFLA’s affirmative housing litigation and policy work as well as community development. Fernando believes in creating positive social change on behalf of poor and low-income individuals through dedicated and strategic legal advocacy to enforce their rights. Prior to LAFLA, he was an associate at the private civil rights firm Hadsell Stormer & Renick, LLC and specialized in cases involving gender and race discrimination in the workplace. Fernando joined LAFLA in 2008 after working as co-counsel with LAFLA on a habitability lawsuit involving enforcement of key tenant protection afforded by local law. He has also litigated fair housing cases in both federal and state court. Fernando earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his JD from USC School of Law.