Achieving LGBTQ Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Paulina Houston

Board Member

Lina is the Director of Campus & Community Programs at If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. In this role, she trains and mentors hundreds of law students from across the country to be thoughtful and strategic organizers for reproductive justice. She also guides If/When/How’s racial justice work by leading the Supporting and Centering People of Color Initiative. Lina was named a 2015 CoreAlign Speaking Race to Power Fellow, and has dedicated her career to uplifting the voices and experiences of those most marginalized in society. Lina is committed to using her legal training and lived experience as a Queer Woman of Color to dismantle intersecting systems of oppression. Prior to joining If/When/How, she was a Graduate Law Clerk at the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender.  Lina graduated magna cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles with a B.A. in African American Studies and received her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Lina and her wife Nerissa live in East Oakland with their two dogs: a Schnoodle named Evita Perro and a Standard Poodle named Langston Hughes(ton).

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