Life Member

Marion R. Fremont-Smith

Cambridge, MA
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Wellesley College
Boston University School of Law

Marion Fremont-Smith has been associated with the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government since 1998, where she directs research on governance and accountability of nonprofit organizations. She was also a Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School between 2008 and 2011where she taught a course on The Law of Nonprofit Organizations. She is the author, most recently, of Governing Nonprofit Organizations: Federal and State Law and Regulation, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004 She has published two other books and numerous papers on government regulation and taxation of nonprofit organizations. Fremont-Smith's interest in nonprofit organizations began in the 1960s when she served as Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Division of Public Charities in Massachusetts. In 1964 she joined the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart where she specialized in tax and nonprofit law. She was elected partner in 1971 and retired from the firm in 2004. Fremont-Smith received a BA from Wellesley College and a JD from Boston University School of Law. 

Mrs. Fremont-Smith is a Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement of Nonprofit Organizations. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Tax Counsel. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a former Director of the Federal Tax Institute of New England , Independent Sector, the Council on Foundations and the Foundation Center. She served as Chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Exempt Organization in the Tax Section and continues as an active member of that group as well as of the Non-Profit Tax Forum. She was a founding member of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Public Charities, and a member of the Internal Revenue Service Commissioner’s Advisory Group on Exempt Organizations. She serves on the Board of Advisors to the New York University School of Law Program on Philanthropy and the Law and was a Co-convener of the Expert Advisory Group established by Independent Sector to assist its Panel on the Nonprofit Sector which was established in late 2004 to respond to Senate Finance Committee Staff proposals on tax-exempt organizations.

Mrs. Fremont-Smith is also actively engaged in a number of national and international exempt organizations. She is a trustee of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust and Cambridge at Home, and she serves as Honorary Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (having been an active trustee from 1971 to 1997). She also serves as Overseer of the Cambridge Community Foundation and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In addition, Mrs. Fremont-Smith is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.