Cindy M. Lott
Senior Fellow
Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Cindy M. Lott is an associate professor of professional practice at Columbia University and serves as academic program director for nonprofit management programs at the School of Professional Studies. She teaches courses addressing governance, ethics, management, and the relationship of the nonprofit sector and government. Before her current position, she served as 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 2006–15.

Lott is a senior fellow in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, where 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. Lott was an inaugural policy fellow at Independent Sector and a member of Independent Sector’s Public Policy Committee from 2014–17. Lott served on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities from 2015–18.

Lott was chief counsel to the 2004 Democratic National Convention and deputy counsel to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. She served as both chief counsel for Advisory Services and section chief for Administrative and Regulatory Litigation in the Indiana 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.

Research Areas
Nonprofits and philanthropy