Elizabeth Shields, Esq
Executive Director, HVCIA
Elizabeth started her career in NYC politics as a legislative representative for the Mayor’s office working on land use, zoning issues, concessions, franchises, and government contracts. She worked with the NYC Council, unions and community leaders on may quality of life issues including the first domestic partner law and wholesale market regulations designed to root out corruption.
After her work in government, and attending New York Law School at night, she joined Greenberg Traurig to develop a government affairs practice. There she represented clients to create unique public-private partnerships, secure change in land use approvals, and defend against government enforcement actions including investigations before the NYS lobby commission. She has worked with numerous local and State as well as the federal government, on a variety of issues from Native American gaming to sustainable energy systems. Most recently she has focused on cannabis related operations and policies for startups in NY and RI. This work has included the founding of the NYCCIA and grassroots lobbying efforts on behalf of South County Patients’ Rights toward expansion of medical, and eventual legalization, in RI.
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