Staff Biographies

Lee Bodner, President
Andrew Schulz, General Counsel
Kathleen Flynn, Compliance Officer

 

Lee Bodner, President

 

Lee brings to NVF more than 20 years of experience incubating and launching innovative partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He previously served as a managing director at Arabella Advisors, leading its engagement with NVF and many national nonprofit organizations that Arabella has managed, including the Sixteen Thirty Fund, the Latino Victory Project, and others. Earlier in his career, he served as the founding executive director of ecoAmerica, a nonprofit that works to make conservation a higher priority for the American public. At ecoAmerica, Lee was instrumental in launching the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which put the fight against climate change at the center of higher education’s agenda. Lee also built strategic partnerships with nonprofits including the Clinton Foundation and the Nature Conservancy.

 

Previously, Lee led a 40-person project team at D&R International, which established ENERGY STAR as an internationally recognized brand name for energy efficient consumer products. Lee and his team worked in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy to convince companies like Sears, The Home Depot, Whirlpool, and GE to use the ENERGY STAR label.

 

Lee serves as chair of the board of two other independent nonprofits originally incubated at NVF: the Windward Fund and the Hopewell Fund. He earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

 

Andrew Schulz, General Counsel

 

Andrew Schulz is responsible for the New Venture Fund’s legal compliance and for providing expert guidance to the firm and its many hosted projects on a broad cross-section of tax, legislative, and regulatory issues. Andrew has over 17 years of experience representing nonprofits and is deeply knowledgeable on the many legal issues relating to the governance and management of charitable organizations, including federal income tax, grant making, lobbying, political activity, endowment management, fiscal sponsorship, charitable giving, nonprofit corporations, contracts, copyright, trademark, and employment law.

 

Previously, Andrew was executive vice president at Foundation Source, serving the company’s more than 1,100 family and corporate foundation clients. He also represented the company within policy, legislative, and regulatory circles, and worked to cultivate relationships between the firm and attorneys, advisors, nonprofit partners, and other philanthropy service firms.

 

Andrew may be best known for his over 12 years of experience at the Council on Foundations. While there, he held numerous roles, most recently leading the council’s government relations and advocacy efforts as Vice President, Legal and Public Policy. He also served as in-house counsel, educating council members on legal issues that affected their operations; administering the council’s governance functions; serving as the lead staff member on matters of ethics and best practices; and ensuring organizational compliance with state, local, and federal laws. Among his accomplishments while at the Council on Foundations, Andrew is most proud of the roles he played in designing and implementing an ethical code and sanctions process for members, and developing and rolling out the National Standards for US Community Foundations.

 

A nationally recognized authority on private foundations, Andrew is a frequent speaker and occasional author on various topics related to the philanthropic sector. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and has a JD with honors from the George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. He has served on many nonprofit boards both as a director and as pro bono counsel. He lives in Kensington, MD with his wife and two children.

 

Kathleen Flynn, Compliance Officer

As the Compliance Officer for the New Venture Fund, Kathleen uses her 17 years of experience with nonprofit operations to mitigate risk for this large nonprofit fiscal sponsor as it supports innovative public interest projects, donor collaboratives and grantmaking programs. She ensures that employees and contractors comply with laws, regulations, and policies by providing technical assistance and leading the development of systems and tools.

 

Prior to joining NVF, Kathleen was a senior director at Arabella Advisors, helping to manage several nonprofits, including NVF and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization. For over four years, Kathleen was the planning and operations manager for the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, where she managed finances, contracts, and grants. Kathleen also spent six years as the director of finance and operations at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, a nonprofit in Charleston, SC that provides services to child abuse victims and their families.

 

In a previous life, Kathleen was a news researcher at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and U.S. News & World Report. She managed people and projects to support the information needs of journalists and corporate executives. Kathleen has volunteered with several nonprofits, including serving on their boards. Kathleen has a BA in history from Georgetown University and an MA in library science from the University of Maryland.

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