About Us

Founded in 1999 as the Housing Preservation Project, Housing Justice Center (HJC) is a nonprofit public interest advocacy and legal organization whose primary mission is to preserve and expand affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.

HJC attorneys work with tenant and advocacy organizations, public and private housing funders, owners, developers, and policy makers in their efforts to protect and expand affordable housing. Based in Minnesota, HJC works nationwide.
Our Staff
Margaret Kaplan

Margaret Kaplan

President

Margaret graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2003 and began her legal career with the Housing Preservation Project. Margaret brings a wealth of knowledge about local, state, and federal housing policy and programs as well as a robust background in the intersection of community organizing and the law…

Contact Margaret at mkaplan@hjcmn.org 

Shana Tomenes

Shana Tomenes

Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Target Corporation

Shana works with low-income tenants and community organizations to protect and expand accessible affordable housing through impact litigation and public policy. Shana attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law and graduated magna cum laude in 2019…

Contact Shana at stomenes@hjcmn.org

Teresa Garcia-Delcompare

Teresa Garcia-Delcompare

HOME Line VISTA Tenant Organizer

Teresa is originally from Guatemala and came to the United States when she was five years old. Her experiences with affordable housing and the need that she has seen in her community motivate her as an organizer. Teresa is looking forward to supporting her community…

Contact Teresa at tgarcia-delcompare@hjcmn.org

Zaria Whitlock

Zaria Whitlock

Paralegal

Zaria joined HJC in September 2021, as a paralegal. Zaria attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and graduated summa cum laude in 2021. Zaria graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and Sociology with a specialization in Diversity and Social Justice along with a minor in Black Studies…

Contact Zaria at zwhitlock@hjcmn.org 

Markanetta Smith

Markanetta Smith

Rental Assistance Navigator

Markanetta graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and earned an MSW degree in 2017. She is passionate about social justice and equity and seeks to help members of marginalized communities gain access to the opportunities and services that are often denied to them. She started at HJC in 2021…

Contact Markanetta at msmith@hjcmn.org 

Meg Daly

Meg Daly

Operations and Communications Associate

Meg supports operational, administrative, and communications efforts that build organizational capacity for HJC’s continued success. She is especially interested in advancing narrative strategies that bring us closer to a goal of homes for all. Meg graduated from Middlebury College in 2018…

Contact Meg at mdaly@hjcmn.org

Max Tsai

Max Tsai

Housing Stability Attorney

Max graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 2021. Driven by a passion to help make the legal system fair for those who are disadvantaged by the inequities of the economy, Max joins HJC to continue a career focused on public interest law. Previously, Max was a law clerk at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid…

Contact Max at mtsai@hjcmn.org

Jack Cann

Jack Cann

Senior Staff Attorney

Jack Cann graduated from Carleton College in 1964 and graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in 1986. Jack has a unique breadth of experience relevant to housing litigation, including tenants’ rights organizing, advocacy, lobbying, and real estate development and finance…

Contact Jack at jcann@hjcmn.org

Madelyn Cox-Guerra

Madelyn Cox-Guerra

Law Clerk

Madelyn is a second-year law student at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she focuses on family law, immigration law, and landlord-tenant law. She is excited to continue aiding low-income communities as a Fall Law Clerk for the Renters Reclaim the Record project…

Contact Madelyn at mcox-guerra@hjcmn.org

Larry McDonough

Larry McDonough

Attorney

Larry joined HJC as a litigation and policy attorney in October 2021. He has been a legal services and pro-bono civil litigation attorney since 1983. He has represented over 10,000 clients, with 250 trials, 1,000 motion hearings, and scores of appellate hearings under his belt. Over the years, he has become a national expert in housing law…

Contact Larry at lmcdonough@hjcmn.org

Brigid Kelly

Brigid Kelly

Law Clerk

Brigid Kelly is a third-year law student at the University of Minnesota Law School. She is passionate about increasing resource accessibility for households and communities through public interest work. Prior to law school, Brigid graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Policy, Planning, and Development…

Contact Brigid at bkelly@hjcmn.org 

Jim Poradek

Jim Poradek

Housing Rights Attorney

Jim works with tenants and community organizations to enforce their legal rights to fair, safe, and affordable housing. Jim’s work in housing justice law goes back to the 1990s, when he worked as a community organizer and affordable housing activist in Washington, DC., later attending the University of Minnesota Law School…

Contact Jim at jporadek@hjcmn.org

Tim Thompson

Tim Thompson

Senior Staff Attorney

Tim Thompson is a 1975 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. Tim has worked for various legal services programs for more than 25 years, specializing in tenants’ rights, government housing programs and class actions. Tim’s cases have had far reaching impact on the rights of the poor and communities of color…

Contact Tim at tthompson@hjcmn.org

Harper Beeland

Harper Beeland

HOME Line VISTA Tenant Organizer

Harper is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He moved to the Twin Cities after graduating in 2020 with an emphasis on folk cultures and built environments. He sees the metro’s robust landscape of tenant advocacy and organizing as an exciting and promising space to promote justice, equity, and accessibility in housing…

Contact Harper at hbeeland@hjcmn.org

Our Board

To contact the Housing Justice Center Board of Directors, please email board@hjcmn.org.

Walter Battle

Walter Battle

Board Chair

Walter Battle graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Communications in 1982, earning a Master’s Degree in Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 1993. He is a shareholder of the Wilder Square Cooperative, an affordable housing community that was only saved through his leadership…
Eric Hauge

Eric Hauge

Board Secretary

Eric is the Executive Director of HOME Line. Eric joined HOME Line after obtaining his B.A. in Political Science and Peace Studies in 2003, later earning a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2009. Eric has door-knocked thousands of rental units throughout the state of Minnesota…
Maria Johnson

Maria Johnson

Board Member

Maria is currently working for Hennepin County as a Human Services Representative while attending Metropolitan State University for her undergraduate degree. Maria was introduced to the HJC as a class representative in the Crossroads at Penn class action lawsuit. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2019…
Warren Hanson

Warren Hanson

Board Member

Warren is the President & CEO as well as founder of Greater Minnesota Housing Fund. Warren leads the executive team and works closely with state and local governments, philanthropy, investors, and community leaders to assemble resources and design strategies to meet affordable housing needs in Minnesota…
Martha Hernández-Martínez, MPA

Martha Hernández-Martínez, MPA

Board Vice-Chair

Martha serves as Senior Research Associate at Rainbow Research. She holds a Master in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a concentration in Women’s International Human Rights and Development Policy, and a License in Psychology from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua…
Linda Soderstrom

Linda Soderstrom

Board Member

Linda graduated from Carleton College and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota before getting her LPN at Southeast Technical College. Linda is a fearless advocate for affordable housing. The Crossroads at Penn class action filing was her “baptism by fire” in societal neglect of our most deeply in need of affordable housing…
David Anderson

David Anderson

Board Member

David is Executive Director of All Parks Alliance for Change (APAC), the statewide association for residents of Minnesota’s manufactured home parks. APAC and HJC have worked closely together to develop strategies to keep parks open in recognition of their value as an affordable housing resource…
Howard Goldman

Howard Goldman

Board Treasurer

Howard is the former Minnesota State Director of the U.S. Humane Society, and served as the Director of Multifamily Housing in HUD’s Minneapolis field office. He has also served as Vice Chair of Little Earth Board of Directors and as a member of Beacon Interfaith’s Real Estate Committee…
Richard Kahn

Richard Kahn

Board Member

Richard is currently President of National Affordable Housing Advisors, is a former affordable housing developer, former board member of Jewish Community Action, and founding member of the HJC Board of Directors. He now works on acquisition and financing of existing affordable rental housing on behalf of non-profits…
Michael Bodaken

Michael Bodaken

Board Member

From 1993 to 2018, Michael Bodaken served as head of the National Housing Trust (NHT). Under his leadership, the Trust financed and preserved more than 30,000 affordable homes throughout the nation, leveraging more than $1 billion in financing. He is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist at affordable housing industry events…
Our Funders & Supporters
HJC represents clients and supports the advocacy efforts of community based organizations free of charge. The mission-driven work of the Housing Justice Center is supported by generous contributions from our funder partners. In Kind Support: HJC depends on student interns and volunteers to support our work. Through the Minnesota Justice Foundation, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and the University of St. Thomas law clinic we have had the privilege of working with the next generation of lawyers and researchers. HJC also works with pro bono attorneys as co-counsel on our larger impact litigation efforts. HJC’s work is also sustained by individual donors. To make a contribution to our work, donate here.