Bob GnaizdaGeneral Counsel National Asian American Coalition002
Robert Gnaizda’s most recent cases have challenged excessive executive compensation, inadequate supplier diversity and employment diversity policies, and philanthropy. He is an expert on advocacy before state and federal regulatory bodies, including the California Public Utilities Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Reserve, the Comptroller of the Currency, and others. Gnaizda is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School. He was Statewide Director of Litigation for California Rural Legal Assistance and founder of Public Advocates, the West Coast’s first public interest law firm. He also served as the Director of Health and as Deputy Secretary for Jerry Brown governing health, welfare, employment and prisons.Gnaizda is the co-founder and former General Counsel for the Greenlining Institute, a public policy and advocacy center that works closely with African American, Latino, and Asian American business, church and civil rights groups. He has brought over one hundred class actions in federal and state courts as well as before federal and state regulatory bodies. These cases have challenged the abuses and discriminatory practices of big government and Fortune 500 companies.In the early 1970s, Gnaizda brought the first successful cases in the United States to integrate America’s most powerful financial institutions and other Fortune 500 corporations at upper management levels. He also has brought the first successful suits challenging the discriminatory practices of police and fire departments. He has been chief counsel in over two dozen successful actions relating to bank mergers that have resulted in $2.6 trillion in community reinvestment commitments from financial institutions such as JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Washington Mutual.He is the author of well over one hundred articles on taxation, economic development, corporate abuses and civil rights, particularly as they affect our nation’s 110 million minorities and five million minority-owned businesses.