Brandon Weiss is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law & Policy Fellow. His research engages the intersection of housing, economic mobility, and government intervention, with a particular focus on privatization, public-private partnerships, and federal housing policy. Weiss teaches courses in areas related to community economic development, social entrepreneurship, housing, real estate, and business transactions.
Weiss most recently practiced law at Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP, a boutique firm in Los Angeles that specializes in the acquisition, finance, and development of affordable housing and community development projects, primarily in transactions involving the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Prior to that, he designed and implemented a legal project to preserve the affordability of at-risk subsidized housing in Los Angeles as a Skadden Fellow at Public Counsel Law Center.
Weiss graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and a student advocate with the Harvard Tenant Advocacy Project. During law school, he worked at Greater Boston Legal Services, the U.S. Department of Justice (Tax Division), the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, and Goulston & Storrs, LLP. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership 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, he 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 as an editor of the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, a member of the Board of Directors of Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, and co-chair of the Legal Educators Committee of the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. His article, “Residual Value Capture in Subsidized Housing,” is forthcoming in the Harvard Law and Policy Review.