Shashi Hanuman is the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Community Development Project (CDP). CDP is dedicated to building strong foundations for healthy, vibrant communities by investing comprehensive legal and capacity building services in community based organizations and small businesses, and by using systemic policy, litigation and land use tools to support the development and preservation of affordable and supportive housing in Los Angeles.
Shashi oversees all aspects of the Community Development Project at Public Counsel. Over the years, she has helped to start up, sustain and educate numerous community based organizations serving young people and families with low-income in underserved communities in Los Angeles. Through her work at Public Counsel representing nonprofit affordable housing developers, tenants and advocacy groups, Shashi has also assisted in the development and preservation of hundreds of affordable homes for Public Counsel’s client base.
In 2009, Shashi led Public Counsel’s involvement in a major lawsuit against the City of Lynwood, resulting in a court order benefitting over 100 families and representing a major victory in the struggle to ensure cities proactively comply with their affordable housing obligations and contribute to the regional supply of affordable housing.
Her work in affordable housing and on behalf of nonprofits and small businesses has been honored by, among others, Congressman Xavier Becerra, Pacific Clinics, the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing and the Kenny Nickelson Memorial Foundation for Homeless Veterans and Children.
Prior to joining Public Counsel, Shashi practiced for three years as a corporate associate with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Shashi is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, and past chair of the Taxation Section, Exempt Organizations Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar.
Shashi completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and her law degree at Georgetown University Law Center.