Faizah Malik is a Managing Attorney at Public Counsel where she supports grassroots groups and coalitions advancing campaigns for racial justice, housing justice, and economic justice in Los Angeles. Faizah has used impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community lawyering to secure transformative systemic change for low-income communities and communities of color. Most recently, she has led several impact litigation cases to support low-income tenants, helped to win the largest expansion of tenant protections in Los Angeles in 40 years, represented and supported the Bruce family in the return of Bruce’s Beach in a historic racial justice victory, and advanced the preservation and creation of affordable housing.
Faizah has been a public interest lawyer for her entire career. Prior to Public Counsel, Faizah served as Senior Legislative Counsel for the City of New York, where she drafted and advised on policy and laws relating to housing and transportation. She also worked as counsel at a national poverty nonprofit focused on strengthening the social safety net.
Faizah is a leader in the housing justice community in California and also serves on the Board of the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH). In 2023, she was honored with the Public Interest Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California. She is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School, where she received the Jane L. Mixer Award for her commitment to social justice. She was born and raised in Southern California and is the daughter of Pakistani and Burmese Indian Muslim immigrants.