Vesna Lendić Kasalo is a legal expert with extensive experience in civil society and civil service. As the Deputy Director of the Croatian Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs where she has worked since 2008, she is responsible for coordination activities in creating and proposing new legislative framework for the non-profit sector activities in the Republic of Croatia. She is a member of numerous expert working groups for drafting laws and policies as well as member of evaluation committees for programs and projects financed from public sources and EU funds. She is editor of the annual reports and several publications in the field of financing programs and projects of NGOs from public sources, and in consultation with the interested public in law-drafting procedures. She is an experienced trainer of civil servants in in these areas.