Alyssa C. Snyder


Alyssa is a trusted advocate and advisor to exempt organizations, high net worth individuals and corporations. She has extensive experience advising nonprofit clients on entity formation, applying for and maintaining tax-exemption, and operational and governance matters. She regularly advises clients on technical matters including unrelated business taxable income, excess benefit transactions, self-dealing transactions, domestic and international grant-making, program-related investments, joint ventures and other avenues for social entrepreneurship and impact investing.

Alyssa began her career working for nonprofit organizations in both programmatic and management capacities, where she gained critical insight to the unique needs of each nonprofit and became committed to strengthening and serving the sector. During law school, she interned for the tax team at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and represented low-income clients in their income tax appeals through the Tax Appeals Assistance Program sponsored by the state of California. After completing law school, she successfully represented clients during the course of federal and state tax controversies before various state and federal agencies. She also spent several years as an exempt organization tax advisor at Ernst & Young where she provided tax planning, consultation and return compliance services to tax-exempt entities and their individual and corporate founders.

Alyssa is a contributing author to the firm’s Law on Purpose blog, which provides insights into the emerging space of social enterprise and impact investing.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Non-Profit 101 - Legal, Organizational, Governance, and Tax Issues,” 2016 Children’s Oncology Camping Association, International (COCA-I) Conference (November 2016)
  • Panelist, “Tips and Techniques for Managing a Law Practice with Ethical Considerations”, California State Bar Tax Annual Meeting and Tax Policy Conference (November 2015)
  • Moderator, “Duties and Responsibilities of Serving on a Nonprofit Board”, The Bar Association of San Francisco (January 2016)

Professional Activities

Alyssa is a member of the American Bar Association and the California State Bar Association, and serves as Second Vice-Chair of the Tax Section of the State Bar of California’s Exempt Organizations Committee. She is involved in the local tax community, serving as Co-Chair of the Bay Area Young Tax Lawyers and Co-Chair of the Barristers Taxation Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco. She has also been a member of the adjunct faculty at Golden Gate University School of Law.


Alyssa received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications from the University of Washington in 2002. In 2010, she received her J.D. with a Certificate in Public Interest Law, and later in 2013 received her Masters of Laws in Taxation from Golden Gate University School of Law.