Prior to joining CASES, Marla Tepper served as Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Public Health Solutions (PHS), a nonprofit providing direct services and support to community-based organizations. While at PHS, Marla also oversaw the independent monitoring of healthcare at 11 upstate county jails under an agreement entered by the NYS Office of the Attorney General and oversaw PHS’s tobacco control, policy and advocacy program.
Marla previously served as General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs where she developed the agency’s litigation, enforcement and legislative strategies to combat predatory practices by businesses targeting consumers with low incomes and established implementation strategies for the City’s Paid Sick Leave Law. Marla also served as an Assistant US Attorney for Civil Rights in the Eastern District of New York, and as a NYS Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud, Civil Rights and Litigation bureaus. Her work included investigating and prosecuting large scale housing and employment discrimination, fair lending, voting rights, jail and nursing home abuse, and fair lending cases. Marla began her legal career with the Legal Aid Society.
Marla received her BA in History and English from Brooklyn College, and her JD from The Georgetown University Law Center.