Leilani graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Social Welfare and has let her lived experiences navigating various systems as a former foster youth and being system impacted by the carceral system that has directly impacted loved ones guide her to the work she does. Her experience facing housing insecurity has also sensitized her to issues surrounding housing justice and truly believes that housing is a human right.
Prior to joining EBCLC Leilani worked for Berkeley Hope Scholars, a campus-based supportive services and retention program assisting current UC Berkeley students that identify as a former foster youth. Her role was to assist students in the program with peer-to-peer academic counseling, connect students to housing and other resources related to basic needs, and help facilitate educational workshops for the community. Leilani also worked in other spaces in the healthcare industry in member services and in the non-profit sector doing grassroots outreach and fundraising for human rights campaigns.
In her free time, Leilani likes taking nature walks and practices wellness by prioritizing her needs, understanding what her mind, body, and spirit require to maintain balance. Her favorite book is I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou.