morena strategies is a woman of color owned, collaborative community lawyering and consulting practice that recognizes the incredible power existing within communities of color and of lower-income. We seek to catalyze, amplify and fortify that power in collaboration with community to advance self-determination and build power.
Established in 2018, morena strategies grew out of the firsthand needs its founder, Rémy De La Peza, witnessed after over 10 years in the nonprofit sector. Grassroots organizations and advocates are frequently in need of technical support and additional capacity to respond to immediate challenges or plan for sustainable futures.
All too often, the resources available are external and lack intimate understanding of a people's history, community politics, and existing assets and challenges. As a known and reputable member of greater LA's advocacy community, Rémy seeks to provide a more grounded and trusted approach to legal and consulting solutions through morena strategies.
Rémy De La Peza, Esq.
Founder | Principal
Rémy De La Peza has 15 years of experience as a community lawyer working on issues of land use, affordable housing, equitable community development and gentrification.
She started her career in Public Counsel's Community Development Project, solidifying its community land use practice. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney she worked in over 20 local jurisdictions, advocating for stronger affordable housing policies in addition to filing litigation against cities in violation of State planning and zoning laws. She acted as legal counsel on successful community campaigns, including the CASP (Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan) and Boyle Heights Metro Campaign.
Rémy was also the only practicing attorney at Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation, developing and leading community planning and economic development initiatives at the neighborhood level. She secured a $3-million grant for the organization to integrate creative strategies into community development, and launched its creative place-keeping arm, +lab.
In 2017, Rémy moved to Aotearoa (New Zealand) and worked for the City of Auckland as the first Manager of Land Advisory Services, growing and solidifying a new team post-restructure. She managed 14 staff who were responsible for assessing all physical works on city-owned land, including Tāmaki's (Auckland) over 4,000 parks, as well as all land acquisitions and disposals by the City.
Over the years, Rémy has provided technical assistance to partner organizations across the country, coordinated and served as leadership to various coalitions, and been a member of the Boards of ACLU-Southern California Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, Inclusive Action for the City, and Las Fotos Project; and serves on the Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Alum Advisory Board of her alma mater Mayfield Senior School.
Rémy has a B.A. from the University of San Diego and J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California.