Bill Ambrunn is the Director of Gift Planning at the ACLU of Northern California. In this capacity, Bill works with ACLU supporters who want to establish legacy gifts through estate planning. Bill also works with members of the ACLU’s DeSilver Society – supporters who have notified us that they have provided for the ACLU in their estate planning, typically with a bequest through a will or trust.
Bill has had a 30-year career as both a practicing attorney and development professional. Prior to joining the ACLU’s staff, Bill had his own solo legal practice advising clients on estate planning and trust administration. He began his career as a San Mateo County deputy county counsel where Bill was a trial attorney, representing and advising various county departments including health, mental health and child protective services. After seven years representing government agencies, Bill served as chief of staff to San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member Susan Leal, where he focused on civil justice issues and served as liaison to the LGBTQ community. Bill has also worked in major donor and planned giving positions in organizations such as Project Open Hand, JobTrain, and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula and Marin/Sonoma Counties.
Bill graduated from UCLA with a psychology degree focusing on childhood development and received his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, where he was on the dean’s list and articles editor for the Santa Clara Law Review.
Bill has been active in the LGBTQ community for many years, most recently serving as chair of the San Francisco LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. Instrumental in lobbying the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to create the Task Force, Bill then led a two-year public task force process of research, investigation, and reporting with the goal of improving the lives of LGBTQ seniors. In 2014 after raising more than $100,000 to fund ground-breaking research on LGBTQ seniors by Dr. Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen of the University of Washington’s Center for Demography, the Task Force issued a report of 100-plus-pages with a dozen specific policy recommendations in housing, legal protections, and health and social services that would significantly improve LGBTQ seniors’ lives. Many of the recommendations have been implemented or are in the process of being implemented, some serving as model legislation in Sacramento and in other states. Bill received the 2014 Human Rights Award from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations recognizing his leadership on the San Francisco LGBT Aging Policy Task Force.
Bill loves pets and has rescued four in the past 25 years – two cats and two dogs, all from the SF SPCA. Hudson is the current rescue who allows Bill to share his home, and Bill is very often seen walking the big German Shepard mix through the neighborhood.