In 2017, Vanessa Glushefski ran as the endorsed democratic candidate for Erie County Comptroller. During her race, Vanessa ran on a platform that emphasized her dual credentials as a certified public accountant and attorney and proposed reforms for the office. Despite her loss, Vanessa sees the campaign as one of the highlights of her career.
Vanessa Glushefski currently serves as Legislative Director to Hon. Monica Wallace, Assembly Member, 143rd District. In her role as legislative director, Vanessa reports directly to Assembly Member Wallace on all policy matters. Her main responsibilities include legal research, policy-making decisions, and bill drafting.
Prior to her work with the New York State Assembly, Vanessa operated Glushefski Law, an M/WBE certified firm located on the Westside of Buffalo. Vanessa’s practice focused on offering affordable services to those in need.
During that time, Vanessa also dedicated one day a week to volunteering at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) in the Buffalo office, where she specialized in researching and advising on family law matters. She also contributed significantly to the revision of PLS’ statewide memo on parental rights. For her efforts, in October 2015, she received the 2015 Paul J. Curran Award with a proclamation from Senator Tim Kennedy recognizing the same.
Some of her other accomplishments include, her 2012 Marie Nesbitt Promise Prize Scholar award; her research contribution to The Intricacies of Tax and Globalization, 5 Colum. J. Tax. L. 207 (2014); guest lecturer at the Daemen College MSW Program (2018); Creative Mornings Buffalo speaker (2018); former board member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter; a leadership role with the Western New York Lawyer chapter of the American Constitution Society; and former board member of the Center for Elder Law and Justice (formerly Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled, and Disadvantaged).
Vanessa graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Buffalo Law School in May 2014. She is admitted to practice in New York and the United States Court of New York’s Western District.
A few of her favorite things are reading and writing, tap dancing, and tennis.