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Cindy M. Lott

Cindy M. Lott

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Cindy M. Lott is program director for Nonprofit Management at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. She develops the curriculum for and teaches in the MS program for nonprofit management. Before her current position, she was executive director and senior counsel to the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, and within that program was the developer and lead counsel to the Charities Regulation and Oversight Project. Lott is also a senior fellow at the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. She develops and moderates a series of national convenings on state and federal regulation of the charitable sector and is engaged in research regarding regulatory capacity and enforcement at the state level. Lott is a frequent speaker at national conferences in philanthropic and nonprofit state regulation, compliance, management, and governance. Lott serves on the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities, the public policy committee of Independent Sector, is active in the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations, worked with major foundation leaders on behalf of the Council on Foundations, and is a former board member of the national charity monitor Wise Giving Alliance. She is a lecturer at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies and has taught as an adjunct at Columbia Law School and Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Lott’s consulting practice focuses on policy, legal, and research strategy for national advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations. Lott was chief counsel to the 2004 Democratic National Convention and was deputy counsel to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. She has worked at large firms as a chief counsel and section chief in a state attorney general's office. Lott is a 1993 graduate of the Yale Law School and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Indiana, and Massachusetts.