Staff

Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer

Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer

Executive Director, [email protected], (212) 219-1800 ext. 231

Ms. Guggenheimer works with the Board and staff to advance Lawyers Alliance's mission and operations. She became Executive Director in July 2019, after leading Lawyers Alliance's nonprofit initiatives, pro bono program, national efforts to cultivate the business law pro bono field, strategic planning and fundraising in expanded roles. As Executive Director, Ms. Guggenheimer positions Lawyers Alliance among nonprofit organizations, law firms, corporate legal departments, policymakers, and the general public. She also advises nonprofits and their boards of directors on legal issues, with a focus on the areas of risk management, corporate governance, fundraising law and regulation, and legal ethics. She previously served as Lawyers Alliance's Legal Director 1999-2006, Deputy Executive Director 2006-2013, and Deputy Executive Director/Director of Institutional Advancement 2013-2019.

Prior to joining Lawyers Alliance, Ms. Guggenheimer was Deputy Bureau Chief and Acting Bureau Chief of the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau and a litigator at Dewey Ballantine LLP. She received a joint J.D./M.P.A. from New York University School of Law and Princeton University and A.B. from Harvard University.

Lawyers Alliance publications: Bylaws That Work; Changing the Name of a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation; Charting the Course: Legal Help for Nonprofits in Troubled Times; Disaster Relief and Recovery; Extra Credit: A Legal Guide for Nonprofits Offering In-School and After-School Programs; and The Volunteer Workforce

Professional and community activities: Scarsdale Board of Education, Past President, Vice President, Trustee, and Chair of Nominating Committee; New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Coordinators Network, Past Chair; Coro Leadership New York, Class XVI; New York Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee.

Preferred pronouns: she/her

Inspirational person in your career: My grandmother-in-law, who encouraged public service and was a nonstop advocate for women, children, and the elderly.