Zaira N. Bernal was raised in Santa Ana, California. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, she values her community and the resources that raised her. Zaira believes housing is a right and is devoted to helping tenants keep their housing.
Prior to working with HEART LA, Zaira aided domestic violence survivors with making the judicial system more accessible at Domestic Violence Project, led by the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Counsel for Justice. She also served as a paralegal at Eviction Defense Network, a non-profit dedicated to closing the access to justice gap in eviction proceedings. Zaira lives with her bestie, an effervescent pup named Ophelia.