Ama Romaine is a General Counsel and seasoned executive who brings a wealth of diverse, global legal and commercial experience that spans a broad range of industries. A Canadian native of Trinidad and Tobago, Ama is a dynamic and collaborative leader who has worked in a number of industries including hospitality, science and engineering research, financial services and energy and she has represented companies in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
In 2016 Ama was appointed as the General Counsel and Head of Risk Management of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. She is also the Head of Compliance, Assistant Corporate Secretary and Legal Advisor to the Board of Managers. APL is a $1.4 billion government sponsored research and engineering organization, which is an independently operated affiliate of Johns Hopkins University on a campus that spans over 500 acres and has over 6,000 employees.
Previously Ama spent a decade in the hospitality industry. As the Vice President & Senior Counsel for Brands at Hilton Worldwide from 2009-2016, Ama effectively served as a key legal strategic advisor for the Global Brands organization (a $2 billion organization dedicated to providing marketing and systems support to the company’s portfolio of over 4,000 hotels in almost 100 countries). In this capacity, she advised and counseled the global Marketing, Commercial Services, Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Communications and Brand Management functions and provided guidance on the company’s largest and most aggressive branding and marketing campaign in its 100-year history. Ama was also responsible for managing Hilton’s 6,000+ global trademark portfolio.
Ama graduated with a BA in Humanities with Honors from York University, Toronto and obtained a J.D. cum laude from Howard University School of Law. A member of the bar in both New York and D.C., Ama has served on boards for the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the Women’s Bar Association Foundation. Ama was also a member of the working group for the 2010 WBA Initiative: Navigating the Corporate Matrix and she is currently a member of the D.C. advisory council of
the Tahirih Justice Institute, a national nonprofit that provides legal and educational services to protect female immigrants fleeing violence.