Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?   As an American, I cannot passively watch as our political, economic and justice systems continue to disenfranchise, dehumanize, and discriminate against people of color and with lower incomes. From beginning to end, our criminal justice system is perpetuating a history of racism that is antithetical to our values of liberty, equality and justice for all. I come to work at Root & Rebound to do my part in dismantling the overwhelming and unnecessary barriers to freedom.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

As an American, I cannot passively watch as our political, economic and justice systems continue to disenfranchise, dehumanize, and discriminate against people of color and with lower incomes. From beginning to end, our criminal justice system is perpetuating a history of racism that is antithetical to our values of liberty, equality and justice for all. I come to work at Root & Rebound to do my part in dismantling the overwhelming and unnecessary barriers to freedom.

Remy De La Peza

director of national initiatives

Rémy is Director of National Initiatives at Root & Rebound.

She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2007.

Rémy joins Root & Rebound with over 10 years experience as a practicing community lawyer and policy advocate working to advance economic, social, and racial equity. Rémy started her public interest career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Community Development Project at Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles where she worked in nearly 20 local municipalities to ensure compliance with state affordable housing laws and advocated for stronger local policies to preserve and promote housing for all Californians. She spent nearly six years as an attorney at Public Counsel, representing neighborhood-based organizations and community coalitions in a number of successful grassroots policy campaigns focused on equitable development, land use, and anti-gentrification. Following her practice at Public Counsel, Rémy worked at the Little Tokyo Service Center, a comprehensive community development organization in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of downtown LA, first as a Senior Planner and Policy Counsel, and then as Director of Planning and Policy Counsel. Notably, Rémy led the organization’s efforts to sustain the over 130 year old ethnic neighborhood in the face of displacement pressures, and initiated its creative community development strategy by securing a $3M grant from ArtPlace America. Most recently, Rémy lived and worked in Auckland, New Zealand, where she was Manager of Land Advisory Services for Auckland Council, building and managing a team of 14 land use experts dedicated to creating great places in Auckland.

Rémy received her B.A. summa cum laude in Psychology from the University of San Diego. She has served as a mentor with College Access Plan and as a member of the boards of the Pasadena-Foothills Chapter of the ACLU-Southern California and of Las Fotos Project. Rémy is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California.

In the early morning, Rémy can be found at the gym or in a quiet space meditating. She is a lover of and regular patron of the arts, enjoying live music, theater, art museums and cultural celebrations in her hometown Los Angeles, and wherever else she travels.

 

Contact me at remy@rootandrebound.org.