Alexander “Sasha” Harnden is a Housing Policy Advocate at Western Center. Sasha’s work focuses on addressing California’s housing crisis through legislation and administrative advocacy related to issues ranging from affordable housing production and preservation to landlord-tenant issues, with a focus on tenant protections and equitable development.
Sasha previously worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where he worked on a range of issues related to housing and land use, including eviction defense, fair housing and housing discrimination, environmental justice, subsidized housing programs, equitable development and community benefits. Sasha addressed these issues through direct representation of low-income tenants, impact litigation, technical assistance to local nonprofits and local policy advocacy.
Sasha earned his law degree at UC Davis School of Law, where he received certificates in Public Service and Environmental Law, and holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Economics from UC Santa Cruz.