Our Staff

Meris L. Bergquist, Executive Director

Meris Bergquist is an attorney and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center, the oldest fair housing organization in Massachusetts. She specializes in the representation of victims of housing discrimination before administrative agencies and in federal and state court. In 2005, Ms. Bergquist prevailed in a landmark Fair Housing Act case that expanded fair housing rights for female victims of domestic violence. She is a frequent guest lecturer at area colleges and at the Western New England University School of Law. She has written articles on fair housing issues, including a 2018 article, “How the Massachusetts Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Act Codifies Systemic Discrimination Against Families with Children in Violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act.” In 2011, she received the Paul F. Batch, Jr. award from the Stavros Center for exemplary service to Deaf individuals and in 2018 she received the Drum Major Award for the Advancement of Civil Rights in Massachusetts.

Meris can be reached at 413-539-9796 ext. 108 or mbergquist@massfairhousing.org.

Ashley Grant, Legal Director

Ashley joined the staff of the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center in 2011. She is a graduate of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law and Wesleyan University. After graduating from law school, Ashley served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roanne L. Mann of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Following her clerkship, Ashley worked as an attorney at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in New York City, representing low-income tenants in housing court and assisting individuals whose public benefits had been terminated. Prior to law School, Ashley worked as an organizer and research analyst in the labor movement and as a human rights observer in Guatemala and Colombia. In 2015, she designed and co-taught a course on housing discrimination at Western New England School of Law. Ashley speaks both English and Spanish and represents clients in housing discrimination and fair lending cases.

Ashley can be reached at 413-539-9796 ext. 102 or agrant@massfairhousing.org.

Kelsey Bannon, Staff Attorney

Kelsey joined the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center in August 2018, shortly after completing her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. In law school, Kelsey served as the editor in chief of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal and also interned at Hartford Legal Aid, where she worked in the housing unit. Kelsey represents clients in housing discrimination cases, often helping them meet their goals in mediation at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Kelsey can be reached at 413-539-9796 ext. 111 or kbannon@massfairhousing.org.

Simon Elliott, Fair Housing Testing Coordinator

Simon joined the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center after working for a year and a half at the Worcester Office of Human Rights and Disabilities. There, he worked in partnership with the Worcester Fair Housing Project on fair housing education and housing discrimination complaint intakes. Simon oversees the fair housing testing program, which includes training and managing testers and coordinating their investigations. He has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Clark University, and he currently serves as an associate member of the South Hadley Zoning Board of Appeals. He speaks both English and Spanish.

Simon can be reached at 413-539-9796 ext. 112 or selliott@massfairhousing.org.

Sophie Maki, Education & Outreach Coordinator

Sophie joined the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center in 2017 as an AmeriCorps member placed by AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (ALA-MA). After serving two years with AmeriCorps, Sophie became the Education & Outreach Coordinator at MFHC. Sophie has a bachelor’s degree in peace justice studies and community health from Tufts University. She advocates for clients who are requesting reasonable accommodations or modifications and also supports Section 8 recipients looking to access improved housing opportunities through the SUN mobility program. Sophie also provides training on fair housing rights, to tenants and service providers in the area.

Sophie can be reached at 413-539-9796 ext. 113 or smaki@massfairhousing.org.

Lorianny Carrión, AmeriCorps Advocate

Lorianny recently joined Massachusetts Fair Housing Center as an AmeriCorps Legal member placed by AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (ALA-MA). She does intakes for clients that call to file a discrimination complaint. She’s interested in pursuing a career in public interest. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, where she studied Sociology and English. She speaks both English and Spanish.

Lorianny can be reached at (413)539-9796 ext. 107 or lcarrion@massfairhousing.org