Cindy M. Lott, Esq., Senior Lecturer and Academic Director for the M.S. in Nonprofit Management program, has been named an inaugural Policy Fellow for Independent Sector, the largest coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs in the world. During her term, which will continue through May 2020, Lott will shape and advance the public policy agenda of the organization through research, collaboration with leaders, and distribution of her work to the charitable sector.
“This is all about bringing thought leadership from the outside in and using that expertise to inform our policy agenda and extend its reach,” says Daniel Cardinali, President and CEO of Independent Sector. “That helps us to more effectively serve all charitable organizations that are working toward advancing the common good.”
Lott has worked with state charities regulators on regulatory policy in the charitable sector for over a decade. Among other regulatory-related roles she has held, she is a former Chief Counsel in a state attorney's general office and served as one of four Exempt Organizations experts on the IRS Advisory Committee on Taxation from 2015-18; she is also a Senior Fellow at the urban Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC, at the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. She is the former director of the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School. At Columbia's School of Professional Studies, Lott teaches Nonprofit Governance, Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector and Nonprofits & Government.