Cristina Vessels is an associate in Venable's Washington office and a member of the firm's Nonprofit Organizations and Political Law Practice Groups. In her practice, she counsels public charities, trade and professional associations, and other nonprofits on a range of legal topics from their initial formation and tax-exemption applications, to corporate governance and other transactional matters. Cristina frequently advises her nonprofit clients on a variety of charitable solicitation and fundraising matters, including: achieving state charitable solicitation registration, securing accreditation from charity rating organizations, structuring charitable raffles, drafting corporate sponsorship agreements, and collaborating with fundraising professionals to achieve her clients’ development objectives.
Cristina also advises a broad range of for-profit businesses with their corporate philanthropy and cause marketing efforts, including all aspects of commercial co-venture promotions and social media charitable giving campaigns.
As part of her political law practice, she counsels clients on government gift and ethics, as well as federal lobbying issues.
Cristina graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School where she was an Associate on The George Washington Law Review. She holds a B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics with a double major in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.