Liz Birnbaum is senior counsel and director of advocacy at Arabella. She works with the general counsel to ensure legal compliance and provide expert guidance to the firm and the nonprofit organizations it manages on a broad cross-section of tax, legislative, and regulatory issues. With more than three decades of experience in public policy litigation and advocacy, Liz specializes in lobbying and political compliance and reporting matters, but she also has a range of expertise in legal issues surrounding corporate management.
Liz came to Arabella from the law firm Klamp & Associates, P.C., a boutique practice supporting the legal needs of the nonprofit community. There, she provided legal advice to a broad range of nonprofits of all sizes and types, including local charities, international multi-chapter advocacy organizations, trade associations, and academic societies. In that work, Liz is proud to have assisted with the founding of several new nonprofits. In her spare time, she serves as the president of one of those new nonprofits, Alexandria Harmonizers Inc., a corporation supporting the community work of a 70-year-old men’s barbershop chorus.
Much of Liz’s career has focused on natural resources law and policy, including several years as vice president for government affairs and general counsel at American Rivers. She also spent 10 years working for House committees on Capitol Hill and had two stints in senior positions at the US Department of the Interior. She holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Liz is a member of the DC and Colorado bars, as well as the bars of several federal courts.