CERA welcomes Alyssa Brierley as Executive Director and General Counsel

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) is delighted to announce that Alyssa Brierley has joined our team as Executive Director and General Counsel as of October 2018.

Alyssa is a lawyer and public policy professional with ten years of experience in legal service, public policy, politics, human rights and research. Prior to joining CERA, Alyssa served as the health, social, justice and labour policy advisor to the President of the Treasury Board of Ontario, the Director of Policy to Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, an advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, as a lawyer and policy analyst at the Ontario College of Teachers, and as an articling student at one of Canada’s largest law firms. She also has extensive experience in electoral politics at the local riding association level, as a candidate, campaign manager and senior political staff member. Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Arts in Political Science from York University and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is also completing a Ph.D. in Political Science at York University, in which she is investigating strategic litigation in India and the development of a right to food.

“It’s an honour to lead this incredible organization and to have the opportunity to build on CERA’s legacy of advancing human rights in housing and the right to housing,” says Brierley. “I look forward to continuing CERA’s tradition of direct service, litigation, advocacy and public education on what I believe to be the most crucial social rights issue of our time.”

CERA’s board chair Jenny Neiman is excited about Alyssa’s appointment. “Alyssa’s skills in public policy, advocacy and organizational management will be great assets to the organization as will her energy and vision.”

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation envisions an Ontario where every person realizes their housing rights, is treated with dignity, and lives free from discrimination in a stable, safe and affordable home. We defend housing rights and human rights by educating individuals and communities, supporting progressive and inclusive housing law and policy, and providing free legal information and informal advocacy supports to marginalized Ontarians.

For media inquiries, please contact Alyssa Brierley at alyssa[at]equalityrights.org or416-944-0087 ext 2.


November 1, 2018