Chuck Elsesser (Moderator)

Chuck Elsesser (Moderator)

Attorney

CHUCK ELSESSER is a civil rights attorney who worked for the past eighteen years with Florida
Legal Services, specializing in housing litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of community and
resident organizations. Prior to that he had more than twenty years of experience in California,
where among other positions he advised the State Senate leadership on housing policy, was
director of the City of Santa Monica Housing Department and the President of the City of Los
Angeles Affordable Housing Commission. In Florida, his work has focused on advocacy on
behalf of resident and other community organizations advocating to protect existing affordable and public housing
from loss through the loss of subsidy contracts or demolition. He has assisted resident organizations who were
challenging decisions by HUD which would have allowed owners to opt out of their subsidy contracts, as well as
Public Housing resident organizations attempting to gain input and influence in the HOPE VI or redevelopment
process. He has also represented groups challenging government sponsored redevelopment activities as well
as mobile home owners associations challenging the closure of their parks. In January 2015, he has started a
nonprofit law firm, the Community Justice Project, Inc., with two colleagues Meena Jagannath and Alana Greer. The
new firm will focus specifically on representing community organizations advocating for social justice. He has been
the recipient of the Steven Goldstein award from the Florida Bar Foundation and the Kutak-Dodds award from the
National Legal Aid and Defenders Association.
Mr. Chuck Elsesser | Attorney | Community Justice Project, Inc.
Miami, Florida | (786) 618-9043 | Charles@CommunityJusticeProject.com

Sessions

September 12, 2017
Effective Community Advocacy
S1
10:45 AM  -  12 PM
September 12, 2017
Laws that Nonprofits Need to Know About
S1
2 PM  -  3:15 PM
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