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As chief legal officer, Leah Williams serves as the chief advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors on legal and governance issues and develops solutions to mitigate risks and improve organizational effectiveness. As corporate secretary, she executes and maintains all official corporate filings and board and board committee minutes. Williams manages the Office of Chief Legal Counsel, which includes the Institutional Review Board, Responsible Conduct of Research, Office of Research Administration and Agreement Administration, intellectual property portfolio, data security and privacy, and the corporate secretary duties. Williams is an accomplished attorney, policy, strategist, philanthropy, and public affairs expert. She has decades of experience, including serving as General Counsel of WestEd, and as a board member on local and national nonprofit organizations. Williams has served on the boards of Alameda Health Care District, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior Colleges and Universities, and on the State Bar of California Access and Fairness Committee. Williams is also an author, speaker, and former radio host. Williams holds a JD from Stanford Law School; a BA (magna cum laude) from the University of California Irvine, and an MDE from UCLA Anderson School of Business. She clerked for the Honorable Claudia Wilken, United States District Court and externed for the late Honorable Benjamin Aranda.

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