Leah D. Williams, Esq
Chief Legal Counsel
As chief legal counsel, 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. Williams manages the Office of Chief Legal Counsel, which includes the Institutional Review Board, Responsible Conduct of Research, intellectual property portfolio, data security, and privacy, along with the agreements team. Williams is an accomplished attorney, policy, strategist, philanthropy, and public affairs expert. She has decades of experience as a board member on local and national nonprofit organizations. Williams has served on the boards of St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Alameda Health Care District, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior Colleges and Universities and as a member of 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 (Northern District) and externed for the late Honorable Benjamin Aranda.
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