Elizabeth Bluestein

Ms. Bluestein is the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and General Counsel at Public Counsel, responsible for supervising and coordinating the operational work of Public Counsel's various legal programs and administrative departments, and ensuring compliance with applicable corporate and legal requirements.  Prior to 2009, Ms. Bluestein was the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel's Community Development Project.  In that role, Ms. Bluestein provided a wide range of legal and capacity-building services to nonprofit community-based organizations, including affordable housing developers, microenterprise assistance centers, and job training organizations, specializing in nonprofit and tax exempt organization issues. 

Ms Bluestein served as the chair of the California State Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services from 2013-2014, and is an advisor to the State Bar Business Law Section's Nonprofit and Unincorporated Associations Committee.  She is also a past Chair of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the Tax Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  She has taught a non-profit tax and transaction clinic as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School Los Angeles. 

Ms. Bluestein graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with a B.A in Social Studies, and received her J.D. in 1993 from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.  Prior to joining Public Counsel, Ms. Bluestein developed substantial transactional legal experience at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she represented clients in complex financing and acquisition transactions, and gained extensive experience in transactional tax law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where her practice included advising and structuring transactions for a wide range of clients including start up companies, real estate developers, multinational corporations, and nonprofit organizations.