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Ellen M. Gustafson

Ellen M. Gustafson advises clients on a range of legislative and regulatory matters. Ellen possesses deep knowledge of the New York City budget and legislative processes, which she uses to advocate for clients before agencies such as the Department of City Planning, the Department of Transportation, the Department for the Aging, New York City Council, Mayor’s Office of Legislative Affairs, the Office of Management and Budget, Department of Consumer Affairs, the Housing and Preservation Department, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Department of Social Services (HRA, DHS), and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to working with these agencies to advance her clients’ interests, Ellen has deep experience in community outreach.

Ellen previously served as director of operations for former New York City Council Member Dan Garodnick’s office, where she developed relations with stakeholders including elected officials, policy makers, real estate developers, lobbyists, and constituents.



  • Managed the New York City discretionary and capital budget for clients resulting in a total of $7.2 city funding for clients for FY20. $1.3 of that funding was new funding for FY20.°
  • Created a plan for pre-k seats in district that resulted in over 900 additional seats in two years.°
  • Ensured completion of new 8 million Solar1 building (Summer 2020) by the New York City Economic Development Committee on East Side of Manhattan through multiple committee meetings and contract negotiations.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Gustafson prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Director of Operations, New York City Councilmember Daniel R. Garodnick, 2014-2017


  • J.D., New York Law School, 2012
  • B.A., Washington and Lee University, 2009
˘ Not admitted to the practice of law.