Cindy Lewin is a seasoned nonprofit executive and lawyer with deep experience in helping both membership organizations and environmental and wildlife conservation organizations advance their missions. Currently, she is a partner and chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group at Venable LLP. From 2010 to 2017, she served as executive vice president and general counsel at AARP, one of the largest membership organizations in the world. Before joining AARP, Lewin was senior vice president and general counsel at the National Wildlife Federation, where she was able to act on her passion for the environment. Prior to her work at the National Wildlife Federation, Lewin served as executive vice president and general counsel at Volunteers of America, and before that, she was in private practice specializing in representing nonprofit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Save America’s Forests and other environmental organizations. In addition to heading the legal department at her in-house positions, she has also had responsibility at various times for information technology, ethics and compliance, human resources, facilities, internal audit, enterprise risk management and the board secretary function.
Lewin served on the ethics and accountability advisory group for Independent Sector, which revised the “Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice” for charities nationwide (the new version was released in 2015). She served for many years on the board of directors and executive committee of the nonprofit National Human Services Assembly, a coalition of some of the nation’s largest human services charities, and served as chair of the National Adjudicatory Council for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in 2015. Lewin has won numerous awards, including receiving the Career Achievement Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel-National Capital Region in 2018. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.
Lewin and her husband have a blended family of three children and four grandchildren and have enjoyed many trips to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Lewin is passionate about the role FONZ can play in helping families connect with the natural world and in conserving that world for the future.