A Recognized Leader in the Nonprofit Sector

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Andrea has significant experience working with nonprofit organizations. She has served on nonprofit boards in many capacities. She represents nonprofits on employment law and governance issues. She knows how large and small nonprofits work.

Both nonprofits and their boards engage Andrea. Her breadth of experience in the nonprofit world gives her particular insight into the special imperatives that guide mission-driven organizations. While the legal issues that nonprofits face may be the same as for-profit entities, nonprofits may require different strategies. Andrea also understands nonprofit governance.

Nonprofits have retained Andrea to provide legal advice regarding various matters:

  • the board of a national human services organization terminating its CEO

  • a cultural institution accommodating a transgender employee

  • a youth organization implementing a reduction in force

  • the board of an arts institution auditing its HR function to evaluate effectiveness

  • a community and economic development organization seeking to protect its proprietary information

  • a historical site training seasonal employees

  • a youth education and employment organization defending a race discrimination complaint

  • a leadership development organization reorganizing its workforce

  • a youth and economic development organization addressing internship and minors-in-the-workplace issues

Andrea’s nonprofit experience is broad and deep. Perhaps her most significant volunteer work has been with the Girl Scouts, where she was the Founding Chair of the Board of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. (See Main Line Today article featuring Andrea.) Created in 2007 by the merger of three regional Girl Scout councils, GSEP serves 40,000 girls in the Eastern third of the state, with 15,000 volunteers, a paid staff of more than 100, and an annual operating budget of $18 million. Andrea’s adult Girl Scout tenure spanned 21 years on the Boards of three different Girl Scout councils, where she participated in two mergers and held a variety of officer positions. She received formal governance training from Girl Scouts USA.

Andrea has also been active as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, a 1,200-family synagogue in Center City Philadelphia, where she serves as Vice President. Her portfolio includes Chair of the Human Resources Committee and Chair of the Governance Committee.

In addition, Andrea serves on the Director’s Council of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In that role, she advises the Director and the Museum staff regarding the strategic and business plans of the Museum, in furtherance of its mission.

Andrea is a frequent speaker on issues directly affecting nonprofits:

  • Hiring Employees and Selecting Volunteers; Fifteenth Annual Nonprofit Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2017.
  • Employment Law and Volunteers; Nonprofit Volunteers Program, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2016.

  • The Life Cycle of a Nonprofit Employee; Fourteenth Annual Nonprofit Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2016.

  • Corporate Governance: Managing the Board/Board Chair and Executive Director Relationship; Thirteenth Annual Nonprofit Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2015.

  • Executive Employment Agreements and Executive Compensation; Ninth Annual Nonprofit Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011.

  • Managing Parent/Affiliate Relations and Risk; 2010 Risk Management & Finance Summit, Nonprofit Risk Management Center, 2010.

  • Best Practices in Managing Reductions-in-Force; Eighth Annual Nonprofit Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2010.

  • Managing Volunteers: Nuts & Bolts of Managing Your Unpaid Staff; Seventh Annual Nonprofit Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2009.