Saurabh Gupta is Arabella’s deputy general counsel. He works across the spectrum of Arabella’s client service practice areas, as well as with the organizations Arabella manages, including the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor that hosts nonprofit projects. Saurabh provides substantive advice on HR policies, employment law, organizational risk assessment and mitigation, contracts administration, insurance policies, and compliance with political and lobbying laws at the state and federal levels.
In his time at Arabella, Saurabh has taken the lead on an effort to review and update the managed organizations’ anti-harassment policies to ensure they provide the necessary protection for employees, including ease of access to reporting procedures. Saurabh also piloted an effort to provide a 360-degree analysis of Arabella and the managed organizations’ insurance policies and risk mitigation needs. He is currently implementing a process to streamline Arabella’s contract management systems.
Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Saurabh spent 13 years developing an expertise in public education and public-sector labor organizations. He has worked on behalf of public educators in several roles: as the deputy general counsel for the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), as staff counsel for the Maryland State Education Association, and as assistant attorney general for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Saurabh has extensive experience providing legal counsel on corporate governance issues to boards of directors and drafting legal opinions on issues such as political and lobbying compliance, conflict of interest policy, HR employee handbooks, and state ethics rules. He also has represented the interests of his clients before arbitrators, local and state administrative agencies, and in state court. Saurabh’s work with DCPS involved advising the senior leadership team on compliance with laws and policies governing special education and labor and employment.
In his free time, Saurabh enjoys spending time with his family, going on hikes, listening to music, discovering new cuisines to attempt to cook, and—unfortunately—rooting for all Cleveland professional sports teams.