Ellen Hubbard

Director of Donor Relations

Ellen Hubbard leads the donor relations team at Pacific Legal Foundation, where she helps donors partner with PLF to advance property rights, free enterprise, and individual liberty and rein in unconstitutional government overreach.

Ellen loves connecting with, and getting to know, PLF’s donors because she thinks they are among the best of humanity—generous and selfless, they are passionate about fighting for freedom and leaving a better America for future generations. She enjoys assisting her team in coming up with creative ways to help donors fulfill their goals and interests.

Prior to PLF, Ellen was a major gift fundraiser at The Heritage Foundation. Before that, she and her husband, Jim, founded American Film Renaissance, a first-of-its-kind org aimed at promoting films and filmmakers celebrating liberty through pop culture and digital media. AFR film festivals garnered press on six continents (all but Antarctica). She has been a frequent interviewee (Fox News, CNN, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, et al.) and speaker at events hosted by The Club for Growth, Council for National Policy, and CPAC.

Ellen is a member of the State Bar of Texas, where she practiced civil litigation in Dallas. She grew up in Minnesota and now lives in Reno, Nevada, and enjoys running (Lake Tahoe and Twin Cities Marathons), hiking, and traveling to weird places. She has spent Thanksgiving in both the lowest (the Dead Sea in Jordan) and highest (Mount Everest in Nepal) locations on earth. And no, she didn’t eat turkey at either place.

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October 13, 2021

Despite a pandemic and excess local regulation, food truck owner Mark Shirley refuses to abandon his dream

No one ever starts a business with the intent to fail. But thanks to Farmville, North Carolina's new food truck regulations, one man's burgeoning business stands in jeopardy. It takes a great deal of courage to leave your established career and follow your bliss, but that is exactly what Mark Shirley did. For years, Mark ...

October 07, 2021

Malibu is refusing to abide by California’s new housing laws, and one family is suffering as a result

For the entirety of Elizabeth Riddick's life, her mother Renee has been her rock. Whether she was supporting Elizabeth through her divorce or helping her purchase a home in Malibu, California, Renee has been there for her daughter through thick and thin. When Renee, now 82, began to develop severe health issues, Elizabeth sprang into ...

October 06, 2021

Real Clear Policy: Minnesota’s unjust home equity theft must end

While Minnesota is often called the land of 10,000 lakes, local governments today treat it as the land of 10,000 takes. Between 2014 and 2020, Minnesota counties took thousands of homes and millions of dollars in savings from residents struggling to pay their tax bills. This was unjust and unconstitutional. Consider the story of Ms. ...

October 06, 2021

When are T-shirts considered prohibited electioneering?

Elections end, but T-shirts can live forever. Until last week, Texas law prohibited voters from wearing an Obama or Reagan T-shirt in polling places, even when neither past president was on a present ballot. In fact, the law prohibited voters from wearing anything that an election worker deemed "electioneering" for or against any candidate, politic ...

October 05, 2021

Capital Press: Supreme Court should guarantee property owners their due process rights

The free, non-harmful, and productive use of private property is a cornerstone of the American Dream. And proper regulation, to prevent harmful uses of property, is consistent with this principle. But government agencies too often abuse their regulatory authority. They issue compliance orders, drag landowners through seemingly endless administrativ ...

October 04, 2021

Bureaucrats can’t ignore presidential appointments

Have you ever wondered what happens when a lame duck president appoints someone to a position that extends into the next president's term? Typically, once the new president takes office, he can remove appointees of past administrations and replace them with people he believes will advance the policy agenda of the White House. But what ...

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