Board of Advisors

The Leadership Academy Board of Advisors is comprised of current and former general counsel and chief legal officers from a broad array of companies and organizations across the National Capital Region. They are deeply committed to helping advance the next generation of in-house leaders.

The Board of Advisors members interface directly with the Academy Faculty and participate in Modules to ensure that each session delivers the tools and insights critical to in-house counsel leadership.  Members of the Board of Advisors will also participate in various Academy events.

dean manson"Success as in-house counsel depends just as much on "soft skills" such as effectiveness as a communicator, advocate and coach as it does on the "hard skills" of substantive legal knowledge. Focused leadership development training can be an effective way to improve areas like these to help position an in-house lawyer for a leadership role."

Dean A. Manson
Academy Board of Advisors
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
EchoStar Corporation

Elizabeth Allen is the Chief General Counsel at NPR.

Elizabeth A. Allen

Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary
NPR

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Todd Aman

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
FiscalNote

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Karen Gally

Vice President and General Counsel
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Sonia Galindo

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
KBR, Inc.

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Alice Givens

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal, Ethics and Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary
LL Flooring Holdings, Inc.

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Nicole Greenidge-Hoskins

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Human Rights Campaign

Jerald S. Howe, Jr.

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Leidos

Nancy Laben

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Booz Allen Hamilton

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Paul Mamalian

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
HMSHost Corporation

Kenneth L. Pollack

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
AGNC Investment Corp.

Jesse Raben

Chief Legal and Risk Officer
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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Javier Rodriguez

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary
BioXcel Therapeutics Inc.

Leslie T. Thornton

Member, Board of Directors
Southwest Gas Holdings; Career Education Corporation

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Andrew Ting

Chief Legal Officer
Panorama Education

James Villa

General Counsel
BlueHalo

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Lakshmi Williams

General Counsel, North America
Transurban North America

Past members of the Board of Advisors:

  • Rod Boddie, General Counsel, Congressional Federal Credit Union
  • Brian Brooks, then Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary, Fannie Mae
  • Ona Alston Dosunmu, then VP and General Counsel, The Brookings Institution
  • Robert Falk, General Counsel, Truth Initiative
  • Stephanie Gilliard, then VP, Legal Affairs, and General Counsel, Peninsula Pacific Entertainment
  • Phyllis Harris, then
  • Julie Jacobs, then Executive VP and General Counsel, Yahoo
  • Mary E. Kennard, then VP and General Counsel, American University
  • Leonard Kennedy, then Senior VP, General Counsel and Secretary, NeuStar, Inc.
  • Maryanne Lavan, Senior VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Cindy Lewin, then Executive VP and General Counsel, AARP
  • Curtis Lu, General Counsel, FTI Consulting
  • Dean A. Manson, Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary, EchoStar Corporation
  • Eric Margolin, Executive VP, General Counsel, and Secretary, CarMax Superstores
  • James McMillan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Alicia S. Myara, Senior Vice President, Principal Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Freddie Mac
  • Ama Romaine, then General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, G6 Hospitality LLC
  • Ed Ryan, then Executive VP and General Counsel, Marriott International, Inc.

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