Inquilinos Unidos has a skilled and dedicated staff whose job it is to identify, train, and unite tenant leaders to: build sustainable groups and mount organizing campaigns in slum buildings with severe habitability violations, oppose unfair and exploitative rental housing practices, and advocate for the preservation and expansion of affordable housing and rent control.
All IU staff is bilingual and well versed in tenant’s rights, current housing policy, local ordinances and regulations. IU organizers have an intimate knowledge of the communities they serve with particular expertise in the breaking down of cultural and language barriers within the Spanish-speaking community.
Luis R. Cabrales
(213) 483-7497 Ext 208
Luis R. Cabrales is the Executive Director of Inquilinos Unidos. A Mexican immigrant from Durango, Mexico, Luis is a passionate social justice advocate with 20 years of professional experience organizing and managing social justice advocacy programs.
In 1997, Luis coordinated the first program in the US to increase organ and tissue donation among Latinos and other communities of color. From 2000 to 2011, Luis mobilized thousands of Latino voters, and coordinated campaigns that resulted in bans of chemicals used by workers in low paying jobs, such as janitorial, home cleaning, dry cleaners and car washes. In 2011, he was recognized by the Obama administration as a “Champion of Change” for his work reducing air pollution from communities of color.
Luis graduated Bachelor Cum Laude in Cultural Anthropology from CSU Los Angeles and certificate in Youth Agency Administration from Humanics University at CSU Los Angeles. He is co-founder and advisory board member of the Fremont High School Alumni Foundation, a non-profit organization helping under served students in South Los Angeles.
(213) 483-7497 Ext. 206
Faviola is the Deputy Direcctor. She has managed government programs such as, the Rent Escrow Account Program (REAP) and the Utility Maintenance Program (UMP) and Lead Paint Hazard Remediation Program (LHRP). She currently oversees staff to ensure that countless residents are receiving habitable housing conditions and their housing concerns are addressed.
Faviola holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from University of California, Riverside and has experience working with day laborers at the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center and National Day Laborers Organizing Network. She has also worked with United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1167.
(213) 483-7497 Ext. 204
Georgina Serrano assumed Inquilino Unidos’ new position of Community Organizer on February 22, 2018. Her responsibilities include building power by organizing, educating, and attending to the community’s needs. Georgina brings her dedicated community organizing experience, her activist spirit, and strong trainings skills from her previous work at T.R.U.S.T. (Tenemos que Reclamar y Unidos Salvar la Tierra) South LA, Esperanza Community Housing Co. (ECHC), and the California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC). She embraces and engages diverse multicultural communities in the effort to create a space for Harmony and Unity.
Gina received an AA degree in Community Organizing and Economic Development from Los Angeles Trade Tech College (LATTC). She has two sons, Joe, age 26 and Pablo, age 22.
Tenant Outreach Coordinator
(213) 483-7497 Ext. 202
Sharon is the Tenant Outreach Coordinator. She coordinates the weekly Tenant Clinics/Walk-ins and the Community Development Block grant with the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA). Sharon also assists in the CDC Lead Outreach Program and manages IU social media accounts.
Sharon is a student at Cal State LA under the Sociology (Law and Society Program) and the Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Departments. She is a Los Angeles native who grew up in the Westlake/Pico-Union area, where IU is located. As a tenant who experienced harassment, threat of eviction, and eventually displacement, she is committed to ensuring that the community continue to have access to housing resources especially during the housing crisis that sees an ever increasing number of development projects and evictions which threatens the safety and livelihoods of tenants and families.