Elan D. Parra is a managing director with extensive investigation, litigation, and construction-related experience. He has led investigations involving fraud schemes, kickbacks, and illegal activity. He is a licensed attorney with more than 10 years of experience in the greater New York area.
Mr. Parra’s cases have included supervising the inquiry into a building trade union’s improper payout of benefits and mishandling of members contributions; investigating allegations of illegal disposal of environmental contaminants; and evaluating procedures to ensure adequate controls were in place to prevent fraud
Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions, Mr. Parra was a managing director with a consulting firm focused on investigating complex matters, conducting due diligence, and advising on regulatory compliance. During this time, he directed operational components and logistics for a 2.5-year tax compliance engagement in Zurich, Switzerland for Credit Suisse Bank; led audits of federal grant-funding recipients for the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery efforts; and supervised the monitorship engagement of an affordable housing development project for strict compliance with state and federal labor laws.
Mr. Parra has also held several high-level positions with the City of New York. As senior advisor for project management at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, he managed a billion-dollar public works portfolio, overseeing major construction and development projects. As the director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement, he and his staff were responsible for investigating and deploying resources to address compliance violations throughout the city. He also directed logistics, including deployment of private sector contractors and multi-agency inspection teams on behalf of City Hall in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
At Guidepost Solutions, Mr. Parra is a member of the monitoring team working to ensure the New York City Housing Authority satisfies the conditions of an agreement to correct chronically poor housing conditions endured by its residents.
Mr. Parra began his legal career as a prosecutor in New York City and then served as an executive at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, where he oversaw several major projects, including a $15 million data integration initiative.