Thursday, February 25, 2016

Leadership transition at Tenants Together

Dear TT members and allies,

Effective March 1, 2016, I will be taking a leave of absence from Tenants Together to run for elected office in San Francisco. I founded Tenants Together in 2008 and remain deeply committed to our mission.  With active tenant leaders, great member organizations, and an incredible staff who will carry this work forward, Tenants Together will not just remain strong in my absence, but will continue to grow stronger.

Aimee Inglis, currently our Program Manager, will take over as Acting Executive Director. Aimee has been with Tenants Together for five years.  Aimee is extremely talented and well-versed in all aspects of TT's work. The tenant movement is lucky to have a leader like Aimee, and I am thrilled she has stepped up to lead TT during my leave.

Our team is remarkably strong. Leah Simon-Weisberg, a founding board member of TT, who has over a decade of tenant legal experience, serves as our Legal Director and will continue to lead our cutting-edge legal work.  Dan Harper, our Organizing Director with over a decade of organizing experience, will continue to lead our organizing work. Evelina Nava (Legal Fellow), Adolfo Echeverry (Office Manager), and Yas Ahmed (Development) are also integral to the team. Our longtime board of directors, including some of the state’s leading tenant rights experts, will continue their active role providing governance and policy guidance.  For more information about our staff and board, please visit

Tenants Together has exceeded all expectations since we launched in 2008.  Our work makes an important difference in the lives of millions of tenants. Real estate industry excesses -- especially surging rents and evictions -- are uniting tenants to take action for change.  We are proud to be at the center of this growing movement, working every day for housing justice.

As I take this leave, I do so knowing that what was a dream in 2008 is now a permanent reality.  With thousands of individual members, dozens of member organizations, and a staff with exceptional talent and commitment, Tenants Together is stronger than ever.

Thank you all for being part of Tenants Together and supporting our work. 
Dean Preston
Executive Director
Tenants Together, California’s statewide organization for renters’ rights


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