Emily Coffey advocates for tenants living in or in need of affordable housing through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and technical legal assistance for community organizers and tenant leaders. Emily originally came to the Shriver Center in February 2015 as an Equal Justice Works VISTA Fellow, where she worked to build the capacity of tenant associations by assisting, educating, and engaging tenants and tenant organizers in federally assisted properties to preserve affordable housing. Prior to the Shriver Center, Emily was a Loyola Public Interest Law Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, where she represented tenants whose landlords were in foreclosure through litigation and policy advocacy. Before law school, Emily worked at CARPLS providing homeless prevention supportive services. Emily studied political science and history at Beloit College and received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Emily serves on the Public Interest Law Initiative’s Alumni Network Leadership Council and as a co-chair of the NextGen Committee for the Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
The United States is facing a lead crisis on a national scale — and it’s harming low-income children of color the most.
HUD and the EPA should do more to ensure tenants live in housing that does not harm their health.