Brandon Weiss engages in teaching and research in areas related to community economic development, housing policy, and public interest law.
Weiss most recently practiced law at Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP, a boutique law firm in Los Angeles specializing in the acquisition, financing, and development of affordable housing and community development projects, primarily in transactions involving the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Prior to joining Bocarsly Emden, he designed and implemented a legal project to preserve the affordability of at-risk subsidized housing in Los Angeles as a Skadden Fellow and Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with the Community Development Project of Public Counsel Law Center.
Weiss graduated from Harvard Law School with honors. During his time at Harvard, he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and a student advocate with the Harvard Tenant Advocacy Project. He was awarded the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership for his public service activities and upon graduation was awarded a Skadden Fellowship and a Maria, Gabriella & Robert A. Skirnick Public Interest Fellowship. Concurrently, Weiss earned an M.P.P. at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on urban policy and housing finance. Prior to law school, Weiss received his B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was awarded the Goodman Endowed Fellowship in Government, and served as an editor of multiple publications.
Weiss currently serves on the Board of Directors of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and the Los Angeles Center for Affordable Tenant Housing, and is a member of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. His publications include a chapter with James Grow, “Preservation of Affordable Housing,” in the Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development (American Bar Association, 2011).