We are thrilled to announce the appointment of LaFHAC’s new Executive Director, Ameca Reali. A graduate of Loyola University College of Law, Ms. Reali has lived and worked in Louisiana for more than a decade, creating sustainable, safe, and thriving communities.
We got the chance to speak with her about her new role.
Q: What brought you to work in housing justice?
AMECA: I grew up in public housing and as a result, I became aware of the barriers to attaining affordable housing from a very young age. Witnessing people in my community, like my mother, advocate for our neighbors piqued my interest, and, in law school, I worked on eviction defense and voucher termination cases. Over the course of my career I have worked on issues that intersect/overlap with housing justice work. Ultimately, what brought me back is the sharpening of my own political analysis and the understanding that if I want to see a world where people are not subject to punishment, surveillance, and incarceration, we need a more robust and expansive definition of safety which includes things like safe, accessible housing for everyone.
Q: Who or what inspires you in your professional work?
AMECA: I am inspired by everyday people who do the work of caring for themselves and others in ways that are life affirming and transformative. I am also inspired by organizers and activists who are trying right now in these especially difficult times to build power and bring about transformative change.
Q: What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
AMECA: We Do This Till We Free Us by Mirame Kaba.
Q: Is there anything left on your bucket list?
AMECA: Learning to ride horses.
Q: What’s your ideal way to spend the weekend?
AMECA: Spending time with family and friends doing things outdoors, and I have a few favorite food spots right now: Addis Nola, Botanicals Nola, Alma, and Habana Outpost.
Q: Mardi Gras is coming up. Do you have any favorite traditions this time of year?
AMECA: Marching with the Camel Toe Lady Steppers in the Krewe of Muses Parade 🙂
Thanks again to Ameca Reali, LaFHAC’s New Executive Director, for sitting down with us to answer our questions. As a result of her commitment to racial justice, her firsthand experience fighting for housing justice, and her deep roots in the New Orleans community, we are grateful to have Ms. Reali at the helm of our organization. If you are interested in learning more about her accomplishments, check out our press release here.