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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July 21, 2021

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun violence emergency order shows why unchecked executive powers are so dangerous

During the COVID-19 pandemic, governors across the country claimed extraordinary emergency power. For weeks and then for months and then for over a year, they used this purported authority to unilaterally shut down businesses, enact health and safety measures, and issue sweeping emergency orders. Such broad emergency power may have made sense in th ...

July 19, 2021

The Chicago Tribune: Coach houses expand Chicago’s housing availability. The city should fully embrace them.

It's not often that Chicago's City Council passes a housing law that can benefit nearly every Chicagoan. But the city did exactly that when it took its first—albeit tepid—step toward lifting its half-century ban on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's), or as they're more commonly known, coach houses or granny flats. In December last year, the ...

July 19, 2021

The Hill: Biden’s Education Department must choose accountability or a ‘Marbury v. Madison’ moment

The Biden presidency largely has been hailed as a return to normalcy, transparency and accountability following the tumultuous years of the Trump administration. Why then, is Biden's Department of Education refusing to allow one of its most important oversight boards to meet? The National Board for Education Sciences (NBES) is an advisory committee ...

July 16, 2021

The time has come to end discrimination in public education

Right now, the Supreme Court has given the government the opportunity to weigh in on a case in which Asian-American applicants allege discrimination by Harvard's Admissions Committee. Another suit, alleging anti-Asian discrimination at Yale, has been filed in federal district court. Some selective high schools have also revamped their admissions pr ...

July 16, 2021

Daily Journal: The High Court upholds nonprofit donors’ constitutional right to privacy

To anyone considering donating to a nonprofit organization (and I know a few good ones!), I have some great news: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld your constitutional right to privacy of association. On July 1, in a 6-3 opinion in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, 2021 DJDAR 6702, the Supreme Court struck down ...

July 16, 2021

Agency bureaucrats can’t ignore Marbury v. Madison

***Editor’s note: The Department of Education ignored our demand letter and failed to call the NBES meeting, so now we are seeking the NBES meeting in Court so Hanke, Yoo and NBES can carry out their oversight duties.   History and civics classes across the country teach the importance of political accountability for preserving individua ...

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