Tyler Press Sutherland is the Director of Racial Justice and Equity, where she leads LAFLA’s racial justice policy work, supports LAFLA staff in pursuing race equity-focused systemic changes in law, and leads LAFLA’s Race Equity Initiative. Tyler grew up in Los Angeles and has devoted her career to advancing the causes of low-income Angelenos of color.
Tyler joined LAFLA in 2013 as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in LAFLA’s Veterans Justice Center, and in 2014 became a staff attorney in the Economic Stability Workgroup where she represented poor and low-income clients in government benefits legal cases. She has litigated numerous cases in state and federal court, including representing the petitioners in the 2020 decision in Ortega v. Johnson, which ensures that recipients of CalFresh food benefits who are victims of electronic theft are reimbursed after they report the theft.
Tyler serves on the board of the Puente Learning Center, a charter elementary school and multigenerational education center in Boyle Heights, and the board of Rebellion 99, a nonprofit supporters group for Angel City Football Club.
Tyler received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.