Celia Roady counsels tax-exempt organizations on tax and governance issues. Charities, foundations, colleges and universities, museums, and other nonprofits are among her clients. She regularly advises private foundations and public charities on operational and programmatic issues, including the structuring of complex grants, program-related investments, joint ventures and collaboration arrangements. Tax-exempt organizations turn to Celia for advice on issues such as executive compensation, private foundation excise taxes, unrelated business income, corporate sponsorships, lobbying and campaign intervention, and board governance practices. Celia regularly represents tax-exempt organizations in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits, as well as seeking IRS rulings and determinations.
Celia has been recognized by myriad publications for her legal skills, and served on the IRS advisory committee on tax-exempt and government entities from 2010 to 2013. Celia chairs Georgetown University Law Center’s annual conference, “Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations,” and frequently writes and speaks on nonprofit issues.
Active in professional organizations, Celia is a fellow with the American College of Tax Counsel. She served a two-year term as vice chair of communications for the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Taxation. She is a former ABA Tax Section council member and former chair of the exempt organizations committee. Celia also was chair of the exempt organizations committee of the District of Columbia Bar Association Tax Section, chair of the DC Bar’s Council on Sections, and a member of the steering committee of the DC Bar Tax Section.
From 2004 to 2005, Celia served on the governance work group of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, which was convened by Independent Sector to provide comments to the US Senate Finance Committee.
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M.
Duke University School of Law, J.D.
Duke University, A.B.
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Hall of Fame, Tax: Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations), The Legal 500 US (2022)
Woman Leader in The Law, American Lawyer Media (2022)
Ranked, Tax, District of Columbia, Chambers USA (2005–2022)