Amanda Broun is the vice president of programs and practice at Independent Sector. In her role, Amanda leads efforts to strengthen leadership, accountability, and effectiveness in nonprofit organizations of all sizes and missions. Amanda has years of experience supporting nonprofits through policy, program, and capacity building, most recently at Public Education Network (PEN), a network of community-based public education advocacy organizations. Prior to PEN she served as Chief Education Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. As counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Amanda drafted legislation and committee reports, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. She frequently represented Committee Chairman, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in negotiations with staff from all branches of government.
Prior to working on the Hill, she was legislative counsel in the Intergovernmental Affairs Office of the NYC Office of Management and Budget, where she did extensive writing and analysis of the fiscal impact of proposed state legislation. She also was a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the NYC Board of Education.
Amanda received a law degree from New York University School of Law and a bachelor's in sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Celia Roady is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Tax Practice. Ms. Roady focuses her practice on tax and governance issues affecting tax-exempt organizations, including charities, foundations, colleges and universities, museums, and other nonprofit organizations. She was appointed by the Internal Revenue Service to be a member of its Advisory Committee on Tax-Exempt and Government Entities for 2010–2013. She has also been named by Legal Times as one of Washington, D.C.'s "leading lawyers" in the tax field and is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005–2013) and The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2014).
Ms. Roady has published extensively in various journals on exempt organizations. She chairs the annual conference on "Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations," sponsored by the Georgetown University Law Center. She also is a frequent speaker for the American Bar Association (ABA), American Law Institute, and other nonprofit conferences and symposia. In 2004–2005, Ms. Roady served on the Governance Work Group of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, which was convened by Independent Sector to provide comments to the Senate Finance Committee.
Active in professional organizations, Ms. Roady is a fellow with the American College of Tax Counsel. She has served a two-year term as vice chair of communications for the ABA Section on Taxation and is a former ABA Tax Section council member and former chair of the Exempt Organizations Committee. Ms. Roady has also served as chair of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the District of Columbia Bar Association Tax Section, chair of the D.C. Bar's Council on Sections, and member of the Steering Committee of the D.C. Bar Tax Section.