Victoria B. Bjorklund
Victoria Bjorklund is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she heads the Firm’s Exempt Organizations Group. She advises public charities, private foundations, boards, and donors. In 2001, Ms. Bjorklund was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to serve as one of six exempt organization members on the IRS’s Tax Exempt/Government Entities Advisory Committee and served as Chair for 2004-2005. In June 2005, she received the IRS Tax Exempt Division Commissioner’s Award for “ground-breaking service” to the Advisory Committee. Ms. Bjorklund was named a David Rockefeller Fellow for 1997-1998 as a rising civic leader in New York City. From 1989 through 2001, she served as a director, secretary and still serves as pro bono legal counsel for Doctors Without Borders, the emergency medical relief organization that was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. She is also a director of and pro bono counsel for the Robin Hood Foundation. She chaired the ABA Tax Section Committee on Exempt Organizations from 2001 through 2003 and now serves as Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on International Philanthropy. Ms. Bjorklund was honored in May 2002 as ABA Tax Section “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year” in recognition of her 9/11 work. She also accepted the “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” award from the NYS Bar Association in recognition of the Firm’s 9/11 work. The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York City and Lawyers Alliance of New York, Inc. honored Ms. Bjorklund for her outstanding volunteer service in responding to the legal needs arising from September 11. In 2003, she received the Commissioner’s Award, the highest honor the Commissioner of Internal Revenue can bestow, for her “timely, creative and nimble response to 9/11’s unprecedented legal challenges.” In 2005, she received the Assistant Commissioner’s Award for her contributions to the IRS Advisory Committee. In 2006, Ms. Bjorklund was appointed to the Board of Trustees, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Ms. Bjorklund speaks and writes frequently on exempt-organization subjects. Every year since 1989 she has spoken at the ALI-ABA Charitable Giving Program on “Choosing Among Private Foundations, Supporting Organizations, and Donor-Advised Funds,” a topic she also addresses at the annual Georgetown Conference. She is the co-author with Jim Fishman and Dan Kurtz of New York Nonprofit Law and Practice (LexisNexis, 2d Ed. 2007). She earned her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Princeton University, where she graduated in three years and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Bjorklund is a former member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee and in 2006, she was appointed co-chair of the Diversity Committee.
Terry M. Knowles
Terry Knowles has held the position of Assistant Director of Charitable Trusts at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office for the past 29 years. She is a Commissioner on the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, a member of Leadership New Hampshire’s Class of 2008, and twice past President of the National Association of State Charity Officials. Her published articles include A Brief History of Charitable Regulation, The New Community Benefits Law, and The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act published in the New Hampshire Bar Journal, Emerging Nonprofit and Foundation Enforcement Issues published in The Nonprofit Quarterly, and Charities and Real Estate Taxes: A Dilemma for Local Officials published in New Hampshire Town and City Magazine. Terry is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire and teaches in the MPA and MBA programs.
Mr. Pacella received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in April of 1981, and his J.D. from the Antioch School of Law in May of 1984. He maintained a general law practice for three years before joining the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in November of 1987 as a staff attorney within its Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section. He has served as the chief of that section, which performs the Attorney General’s supervisory role over property committed to charitable purposes, since September of 1999. Mr. Pacella is a Past-President of the National Association of State Charity Officials (“NASCO,” an affiliate of the National Association of Attorneys General), and has served on several NASCO committees. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Charitable Organizations and Government Lawyers Committees, and an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy after a four year active duty enlistment in July of 1977.
Jennifer Reynoso is Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she practices in the Exempt Organizations Department. She advises a variety of public charities and private foundations on structural and operating issues, including governance, reorganizations, and domestic and international grantmaking. She also has experience advising donors on charitable-giving techniques. Jennifer has served as a member of the Arts Recovery Fund Selection Panel for the New York Foundation for the Arts and as a member of the Non-Profit Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Jennifer is a frequent author and speaker on topics relevant to public charities and private foundations. Recent topics include international philanthropy, the duties of directors of non-profit corporations, and intermediate sanctions. Jennifer joined Simpson Thacher after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also spent 1999-2000 as Associate Counsel for the New York Public Library. Jennifer earned her J.D. at New York University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She served as an articles editor of the New York University Law Review, was a fellow of the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, and was named a member of the Order of the Coif. Jennifer earned her B.S. degree from the University of Michigan, where she graduated with high distinction.