Cindy Lewin is chair of Venable's Nonprofit Organizations practice. Cindy brings extensive experience using risk assessment and analysis, negotiation skills, and practical problem-solving to move mission-driven nonprofit organizations toward their goals. Prior to joining Venable, Cindy served as executive vice president and general counsel for AARP, where she led the organization's legal, ethics and compliance, and enterprise risk management teams.
During her tenure with AARP, she represented the organization in connection with a number of congressional investigations, streamlined governance functions, introduced a new code of conduct, provided creative legal solutions for new initiatives, and managed a variety of litigation matters, including class actions.
Cindy also served as senior vice president and general counsel of the National Wildlife Federation, where she led the legal, information technology, human resources, and office services teams, and served as secretary. Prior to that, she was the executive vice president and general counsel of Volunteers of America, one of the country's 20 largest charities.
At all three nonprofit organizations, Cindy handled acquisitions and other corporate restructurings, corporate sponsorships, cause-related marketing, licensing, fundraising, joint ventures, and a variety of revenue-generating ideas.
Before her in-house work, Cindy was in private practice. As a partner at a boutique nonprofit law firm in Washington, DC, she represented numerous nonprofit organizations, including charities, advocacy organizations, labor unions, and trade associations in matters involving tax, contract negotiation and review, fundraising, and other issues.