The Team


Kim Haddow


Kim Haddow is the director of the Local Solutions Support Center, an organization formed to coordinate and create opportunities to counter preemption that hurts local democracies and communities.  As president of Haddow Communications, Haddow has worked with the Rockefeller Family Fund for the past six years to pass earned sick day laws in over 40 states, cities and countries across the country.

Haddow also worked as the National Communications Director for the Sierra Club and at Greer, Margolis, Mitchell, Burns (GMMB), a Washington, DC- based media consulting firm, advising political, cause-related marketing campaigns and non-profits.  Haddow began her career at WWL-AM in New Orleans where she worked as a reporter, assignment editor and managed the news department.


Katie Belanger

deputy director

The LSSC’s Deputy Director Katie Belanger brings an extensive background in campaign design and implementation and organizational leadership to the organization, where she will focus on building state grassroots engagement programs and public education campaigns.

Katie came to LSSC from Freedom for All Americans, the national campaign to win nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans. As a founding member of the staff at FFAA, Katie has served in many capacities, including Acting CEO and President of Operations & Organizational Development. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Katie was the President & CEO of Fair Wisconsin, the Badger state’s LGBTQ advocacy organization, where she helped secure groundbreaking legal protections for same-sex couples and transgender Wisconsinites. She has also been a successful fundraiser for multi-million dollar issue and grassroots advocacy organizations and electoral campaigns.

Katie is a Past Chair of the Equality Federation Board of Directors, the strategic partner to state-based LGBTQ advocacy organizations and is the President of the Wisconsin Progress Board of Directors, an organization dedicated to recruiting and training leaders to run for elected local office in Wisconsin.


The Legal Team


Laura Huizar

Senior Staff Attorney/Legal Director of Local Solutions Support Center Joint Project with the National Employment Law Project

Laura Huizar joined the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in 2015. She supports NELP’s efforts to create a good jobs economy by providing legal and technical assistance to local, state, and national campaigns to raise the minimum wage and to enforce federal overtime regulations and other protections. Her work has included supporting campaigns around the country defending local policies from state preemption, expanding local authority to adopt pro-worker policies, and contributing to research on the abuse of preemption. As Legal Director of the Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) Joint Project with NELP, Laura oversees and coordinates the LSSC’s legal work focused on deploying proactive legal strategies to help communities resist and reverse state preemption laws.

Her background includes a variety of social and economic justice-related work, including an Equal Justice Works Fellowship at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, where she represented low-wage immigrant workers in litigation and assisted community groups seeking policy change. As a Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Racial Justice Program, Laura supported litigation and conducted legal research related to debtors’ prisons, the school-to-prison pipeline, and other major sources of racial injustice in the U.S. Before attending law school, Laura worked for JUNTA for Progressive Action in New Haven, Connecticut, focusing on local economic development and immigrant worker advocacy.

Laura is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.


Dilini Lankachandra

a better balance

Dilini Lankachandra is an attorney at A Better Balance, where she directs the Defending Local Democracy Project. She works closely with the Local Solutions Support Center to provide legal assistance to advocates pursuing local policies that promote economic justice, LGBTQ rights, and more. As part of that partnership, she works with cities around the country to prevent and challenge efforts to restrict local laws that guarantee paid leave, LGBTQ nondiscrimination, fair scheduling, and other work-family protections.

Dilini completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University and graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2015. Prior to joining A Better Balance she worked at Brightline Defense, a San Francisco-based policy advocacy nonprofit committed to bringing clean energy and jobs to marginalized communities in California. She is currently based in New York City.


Jared Make

A better balance

Jared Make, Vice President of A Better Balance, is proud to partner with the Local Solutions Support Center.

A member of ABB’s staff since 2010, Jared has worked with advocates and coalitions to draft and pass dozens of state and local laws that guarantee paid sick time and paid family and medical leave. In 2014, Jared co-founded ABB’s LGBTQ Rights Project to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ workers, raise awareness about the diversity of family
structures, and enact workplace policies that cover a range of caregiving relationships. Jared also helped to launch ABB’s Defending Local Democracy Project, part of a nationwide effort coordinated by the Local Solutions Support Center, to strengthen, protect, and defend
progressive, local laws.

Jared graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University and cum laude from NYU School of Law.


Richard Briffault


Richard Briffault is the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School. His research, writing, and teaching focus on state and local government law, legislation, the law of the political process, government ethics, and property.

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Nestor Davidson


Nestor Davidson joined Fordham in 2011 and was named the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law in 2017. Professor Davidson is an expert in property, urban law, and affordable housing law and policy, and is the co-author of the casebook Property Law: Rules, Policies and Practices (7th ed. 2017). Professor Davidson founded and serves as the faculty director of the law school’s Urban Law Center and previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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Paul A. Diller


Professor Diller’s professional work focuses on the legal structures, including federalism and gerrymandering, that constrain or empower local policymaking. Recent scholarship examines how local lawmaking can help remedy the urban disadvantage in representation at the federal and state levels. Other recent work addresses the unique potential of cities to spur regulatory change, particularly with respect to protecting the public health. Diller has directed Willamette Law’s Certificate Program in Law and Government since 2014.

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Olatunde Johnson

columbia UNIVERSITY school OF LAW

Olatunde Johnson is the Jerome B. Sherman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches legislation and civil procedure and writes about modern civil rights legislation, congressional power, and innovations to address discrimination and inequality in the United States.

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Laurie Reynolds


Laurie Reynolds is the Prentice H. Marshall Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois. She received a master’s degree in Spanish linguistics and a JD degree summa cum laude from the University of Illinois, where she was editor-in-chief of the Illinois Law Forum (law review). Before joining the faculty in 1982, she practiced with Jenner & Block in Chicago.

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Erin Scharff


Erin Adele Scharff writes about tax policy and tax federalism. Prior to joining the faculty of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Professor Scharff was an acting assistant professor of tax law at New York University School of Law. After graduating magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, she clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. In law school, she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, a Furman Academic Scholar, and an articles editor for the NYU Law Review.

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Richard Schragger


Rich Schragger joined the Virginia faculty in 2001 and was named the Perre Bowen Professor in 2013. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of constitutional law and local government law, federalism, urban policy and the constitutional and economic status of cities. He also writes about law and religion. He has authored articles on the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses, the role of cities in a federal system, local recognition of same-sex marriage, takings law and economic development, and the history of the anti-chain store movement. Schragger has published in the Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Virginia, and Michigan law reviews, among others. He teaches property, local government law, urban law and policy, and church and state.

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Rick Su


Rick Su received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2001 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004. Before joining the faculty at the University at Buffalo School of Law in 2007, he clerked for Hon. Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2009 and 2015 Su received the faculty teaching award from the graduating class. He was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in 2015 and will be a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2018.

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