Marion R. Fremont-Smith

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Position: Senior Research Fellow

Organization: Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA

Marion R. Fremont-Smith

Marion R. Fremont-Smith is a co-convener of the Expert Advisory Group.

Marion R. Fremont-Smith is senior research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she is directing a study of accountability and the regulation of nonprofits. Her recent book, Governing Nonprofit Organizations: Federal and State Law and Regulation, was published this spring, and she is now writing about government regulation of charitable fundraising. Mrs. Fremont-Smith's interest in nonprofits began when she was assistant attorney general and director of the Division of Public Charities in Massachusetts. She was then research director for Russell Sage Foundation, where she conducted two major studies on philanthropy. In 1964, she joined the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart, specializing in nonprofit practice. She was elected partner in 1971, a position she held until 1997, when she became senior counsel and joined the Hauser Center. She has served on the boards of INDEPENDENT SECTOR, the Council on Foundations, and the Foundation Center. She was chairman of the Exempt Organization Committee of the American Bar Association's Tax Section, as well as a member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Group on Exempt Organizations and of the Practitioner Liaison Committee of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. A member of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Advisory Committee on Public Charities, she is a director of numerous charitable organizations. Mrs. Fremont-Smith received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Boston University.

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