Contract Attorney for Voting Rights and Guardianship
Elissa Gershon joined NDRN in February 2021 on a temporary, contract basis to develop materials to support the voting rights of people with disabilities subject to guardianship or conservatorship. Elissa worked for more than 22 years at the California P&A, Disability Rights California (DRC). As Litigation Counsel, she led DRC’s healthcare litigation and policy efforts, focusing on Olmstead implementation and access to Medicaid home and community-based services. After leaving DRC in 2019, Elissa worked on several voting rights and voter engagement initiatives to help increase the participation of underrepresented voters in the electoral process. Elissa earned a B.A. from Tufts University in Boston, MA and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA. She lives in Berkeley, California.