Public Policy Fellows Council

The Independent Sector Public Policy Fellows Council share a diversity of expertise and experience to help shape and advance Independent Sector’s the strategic public policy priorities.

The Council provides each Policy Fellow a nationally recognized platform to conduct focused research, engage other leading experts and practitioners in the field on topics of great/emerging relevance to the sector, and disseminate original work across a national and diverse network of leaders from nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs.

The Council will meet quarterly and gather at Upswell, our annual summit for changemakers on November 13-15 in Chicago. The Policy Fellows’ terms run through May 2020. Additional Fellows will be added at a later date.

Learn more about the members of the Policy Fellows Council below:

Jeremie Greer

Jeremie Greer is the co-founder and co-executive director of Liberation in a Generation, a new racial and economic justice organization that seeks to galvanize the political power of people of color towards their own economic liberation. Previously, Jeremie served as the vice president of policy & research at Prosperity Now, where he oversaw federal policy, state and local policy, applied research, and racial wealth divide teams, which are responsible for developing and executing the organization’s policy and research agendas and advocacy strategies. Prior to joining Prosperity Now, he was a senior policy officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation where he led LISC policy advocacy on an array of federal issues including public housing, workforce development, asset building, green development, community service, smart growth, transportation and community safety. Jeremie also spent time at the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he provided non-partisan and fact-based federal policy analysis to the United States Congress in the areas of housing, community development, workforce, education, human services and environmental protection. He began his career at the community level working in the Columbia Heights and Shaw neighborhoods in the District of Columbia where he provided capacity building and technical support to small community-based organizations to help enhance their ability to serve low- and moderate-income DC residents. Jeremie also served in the 2017 cohort of Independent Sector’s American Express NGen Fellows program. Jeremie has a bachelor’s of social work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and a master’s of public policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.


Harold Hancock

Harold Hancock is a partner at the global law firm, McGuireWoods. In addition to providing strategic legal counsel, Harold advises clients on strategy and business planning as a senior advisor to McGuireWoods Consulting, the firm’s public affairs subsidiary. Previously, Harold spent six years as tax counsel to the House of Representative’s Committee on Ways and Means, where brought a unique, bipartisan perspective to several areas of tax law, including business deductions and credits, tax accounting, tax-exempt organizations, and estate and gift taxes. Harold served under three Ways and Means Committee chairs, including the current chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Brady’s predecessor, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). He was responsible for devising key provisions in major legislation, including the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. Before joining the Ways and Means Committee staff in 2011, Harold was a writer and analyst for CCH, a leading provider of tax and business law resources for accountants, attorneys, and compliance professionals. He reviewed and analyzed tax legislation and guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service and the federal courts for online and print resources. Harold has a bachelor’s degree from University of California Santa Cruz, a juris doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master of law from Georgetown University Law Center.



Cindy M. Lott, Esq.

Cindy M. Lott is a senior lecturer and academic program director for Nonprofit Management programs at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies and teaches in that program, as well. Prior to her current position, she served as executive director and senior counsel to the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, and within that program was the developer and lead counsel to the Charities Regulation and Oversight Project from 2006-2015. Currently, Cindy is also a senior fellow at the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. She develops and moderates a series of national convenings on state and federal regulation of the charitable sector and is engaged in research regarding regulatory capacity and enforcement at the state level. At Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, Cindy teaches several courses addressing governance, ethics and the relationship of the nonprofit sector and government. Cindy was selected as one of four members of the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) and served from 2015 to 2018. In addition to other advisory positions with national membership organizations, she served as a member of Independent Sector’s Public Policy Committee 2015-2017. Cindy is a 1993 graduate of the Yale Law School and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.


Christopher J. Armstrong

Christopher J. Armstrong is a partner at Holland & Knight. He has more than a decade of experience working in government. He most recently served as general counsel and chief oversight counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance under Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). In this role, Chris led the committee’s oversight and investigations activities and advised the chairman and committee members regarding Senate rules and procedure. Chris also previously served as investigative counsel for the committee under then-Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who earlier this year was named chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for the 116th Congress. In this role, Chris served as lead counsel on several high-profile investigations within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In the House of Representatives, Chris conducted congressional investigations for Chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) on the Committee on Ways and Means. This work included issuance of the committee’s first subpoena in more than two decades and leading investigations across the committee’s jurisdiction, including sensitive tax-related investigations, oversight of government contractors, and inquiries related to compliance with the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kennesaw State University and a law degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.