Lara is Senior Counsel for Compliance and Policy which includes being the Executive Director of the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® accreditation program. Lara brings nearly a decade of exempt organizations legal and foundation management expertise to the Council. She is known for applying her knowledge of exempt organizations legal compliance to process and project management. Lara has a proven ability to engage in strategic issues and has worked with foundations to meet with state and federal regulators; manage board of directors and committee work; lead contracts and fund/grant agreements process; audit international grantmaking procedures; create gift acceptance procedures; reverse program deficits; and implement community led grant program design.
Lara graduated from Indiana University with a JD/MPA and has experience working for nonprofit organizations in India, Germany, Mexico, Liberia, and Ghana. Lara is a product of a community foundation. She received a four year Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from Legacy Foundation and is a recipient of the Indiana Governor's Award for Tomorrow's Leaders.
Lara is passionate about transportation alternatives, film, and opera: she serves on boards and committees that reflect her interests. She has trained nonprofit staff and boards on exempt organizations compliance, grantwriting, management, board governance, and fundraising. Lara keeps a busy travel schedule offering keynote speeches and trainings. Lara's presentations have taken her from Austria to Japan with many stops in between.
You should contact Lara about domestic and cross-border regulation of foundations and community foundation accreditation.