RÉMY DE LA PEZA
CONSULTANT, CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR
Rémy De La Peza is the Founder and Principal of morena strategies, a collaborative community-based lawyering and consulting practice supporting neighborhoods of color influence the policies and development decisions that impact them. She is currently supporting the Los Angeles Food Policy Council as a consultant and policy campaign coordinator for the Good Food Purchasing Program.
Rémy has 15 years of experience in affordable housing; state and local land use, planning, and zoning policy; equitable community and economic development; and community-driven campaigns. She started her career in Public Counsel's Community Development Project, solidifying its community land use practice. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney she worked in over 20 local jurisdictions, advocating for stronger affordable housing policies in addition to filing litigation against cities in violation of State planning and zoning laws. She acted as legal counsel on successful community campaigns, including representing the Southeast Asian Community Alliance to ensure affordable housing language in the City of LA’s Cornfield Arroyo-Seco Specific Plan (CASP) and representing East LA Community Corporation in its Boyle Heights Metro Campaign to prevent development a big-box chain store on publicly owned land near transit.
Rémy was also the only practicing attorney at Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation, developing and leading community planning and economic development initiatives at the neighborhood level. She secured a $3-million grant for the organization to integrate creative strategies into its community development efforts, and launched its creative place-keeping arm, +lab.
In 2017, Rémy moved to Aotearoa (New Zealand) and worked for the City of Auckland as the first Manager of Land Advisory Services, growing and solidifying a new team of land use experts post-restructure. She managed 14 staff who were responsible for assessing all physical works on city-owned land, including its over 4,000 parks, as well as all land acquisitions and disposals by the City of Auckland.
Over the years, Rémy has provided technical assistance to partner organizations across the country, coordinated and served as leadership to various coalitions, and been a member of the Boards of ACLU-Southern California Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, Las Fotos Project, and currently West Hollywood Community Housing Corporationand Inclusive Action for the City.
Rémy has a B.A. from the University of San Diego and J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California.