Susan advises the firm’s clients on the legal issues facing nonprofits including establishing and securing tax exemption for new nonprofit entities, governance and fundraising issues, maximizing advocacy within federal and state laws, the employment relationship, the complex and wide range of laws applicable to tax-exempt organizations engaged in public interest, policy advocacy, and political activities.
Susan’s overall practice focuses on the wide range of tax, campaign finance, election, lobbying, and privacy laws applicable to tax-exempt organizations.
Susan’s goal at Harmon Curran is to partner with nonprofits to enable them to more effectively achieve their missions within the various laws and regulations that govern their work.
Prior to joining Harmon Curran, Susan was an attorney at The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest environmental charities. She advised the Conservancy’s various divisions in the U.S. and globally on tax, fundraising, privacy, intellectual property, lobbying, government ethics, and campaign finance for ballot measures. Susan also served as the primary attorney to the Conservancy’s program in India.
Before beginning her legal career, Susan held a range of positions in government and public interest organizations. She was the Operations Manager at charity: water, and a Law Clerk at the U.S. Department of State and at the United Nations Environment Programme.