President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Co-Founder & Board Chair
Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft, where he leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals in 56 countries. He serves as the company’s chief legal officer and leads work on a wide range of issues involving the intersection between technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Described by the New York Times as “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large,” Smith has testified numerous times before the US Congress and other governments on key policy issues. Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, first spending three years in Paris leading the legal and corporate affairs team in Europe. In 2002, he was named Microsoft’s general counsel and spent the following decade leading work to resolve the company’s antitrust controversies with governments around the world and companies across the tech sector. This past decade, Smith has spearheaded the company’s work to advance privacy protection for Microsoft customers and the rights of DREAMers and other immigrants, including bringing five lawsuits against the US government on these issues. Prior to joining Microsoft, Smith was an associate and then partner at the law firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer. In addition to his work at Microsoft, Smith is active in several civic organizations and in the broader technology industry. He has served on the Netflix board of directors since 2015 and chairs the board of directors of both Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program. Smith grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, where Green Bay was the big city next door. He attended Princeton University, where he met his wife, Kathy (also a lawyer). He earned his J.D. from Columbia University Law School and studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. He can be followed on Twitter @bradsmi and LinkedIn at bradsmi.
Founder and President, Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade – CREATe.org and Vice Chair, Ethisphere Institute
Board Vice Chair
Pamela Passman is founder and President of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org) and Vice Chair of the Ethisphere Institute, distinct entities with a common mission to promote leading practices to manage key governance, compliance and risks for companies and their global value chains. Prior to founding CREATe.org in October 2011, Passman was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. From 2002 to 2011, Passman led Microsoft’s regulatory compliance work across a range of issues, including privacy, security, law enforcement, telecommunications and other issues related to cloud computing. Passman also led Microsoft’s global government relations and public policy work and philanthropic programs and had leadership responsibilities for its cross-company global corporate citizenship efforts. She first joined Microsoft in 1996 and until 2002 led the Legal and Corporate Affairs organization in Asia, based in Tokyo, with a focus on Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Passman practiced law with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo, Japan. Ms. Passman serves on the Board of Kinaxis Inc., a Toronto-listed SAAS supply chain management company. She serves on the Board and as Vice Chair of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and as a Trustee and Chair of the Student Life Committee of Lafayette College. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Nominating and Governance Committee.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Board Treasurer & Chair, Finance and Compensation Committee
Robert Cundall serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to joining Lincoln Center in 2016, he held the positions of Managing Director at the Museum of Arts and Design, and Chief Operating Officer at the Seattle Art Museum. He previously held finance and operations positions with Mobil Corporation, and served as Vice President of Worldwide Operations for the Business Software Alliance, a leading technology trade association. Mr. Cundall was also Chief Financial Officer for the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and Treasurer of the 1997 Presidential Inaugural Committee. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Author, Enrique’s Journey, and Contributing Opinion Writer, The New York Times
Sonia Nazario has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She has won numerous national journalism and book awards tackling some of this country’s most intractable issues: hunger, drug addiction and immigration. In 2003, her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled “Enrique’s Journey,” won more than a dozen awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence. Expanded into a book, Enrique’s Journey became a national bestseller, won three book awards, and became required reading for incoming freshman at 71 colleges and scores of high schools across the U.S. In 1998, Nazario was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on children of drug addicted parents. And in 1994, she won a George Polk Award for Local Reporting for a series about hunger among schoolchildren in California. Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years.” She is now at work on her second book.
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Chair, Program and Development Committee
Rachel S. Brass is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department where her practice focuses on investigations and litigation in the antitrust, labor, and employment areas. Ms. Brass has extensive experience representing international and domestic clients in high-stakes appellate litigation in the Supreme Court, as well as Federal and state appellate courts throughout the United States. Her extensive antitrust and competition experience includes international cartel matters, mergers and acquisitions, grand jury investigations, and other antitrust investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, United States Department of Justice, European Commission, Canadian Competition Bureau, Korean Fair Trade Commission, Japan Fair Trade Commission and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, as well as litigation in trial and appellate courts. Ms. Brass has represented clients in a number of industries, including semiconductors, disk drives, communications, display panels, and other high technology, auto parts, package delivery, transportation, agriculture, and retail, among others. She has special expertise in international matters and teaches the upper-level course in International Antitrust Law at Berkeley Law School. In addition to her international competition practice, Ms. Brass has successfully represented companies in single plaintiff and class action Title VII, ADA, FEHA and Unruh Act discrimination claims, as well as wage and hour class actions. Representative matters include persuading the United States Supreme Court to reverse the certification of the largest class action brought under Title VII; litigating the scope of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections; persuading the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to vacate the certification of the largest class action brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act on interlocutory review; obtaining clarification of the standards for the business necessity defense and vacatur of a district court’s adverse post-trial rulings under the Americans with Disabilities Act from the en banc Ninth Circuit; and obtaining and sustaining a favorable district court ruling rejecting plaintiffs’ counsel’s claim for attorney’s fees in a California Fair Employment & Housing Act case. Ms. Brass has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in Litigation-Antitrust since 2013, identified in the Antitrust category by Super Lawyers, and ranked in the California Antitrust category by Chambers USA. Concurrences Review recently recognized Ms. Brass at its 2017 Antitrust Writing Awards for her article “Practical Advice for Avoiding Hub-and-Spoke Liability,” which was selected as the winner in the Business category, Concerted Practices section. The article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of The Antitrust Source. She speaks regularly on antitrust and complex class action issues, including programs for Bridgeport, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, American Conference Institute, ALI-ABA, CLE International, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She is the immediate past co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Antitrust Section. She is a member of the Boards of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and the Western Center on Law & Poverty. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Antitrust Report from 2008 to 2016. Ms. Brass received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 2001. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Journal of Global Trade, a member of the Order of the Coif, and recipient of the Ralph M. McCareins Antitrust Prize. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brass served as a law clerk for the Honorable James M. Rosenbaum, United States District Court, District of Minnesota. Ms. Brass graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Brass is admitted to practice in the State of California. She is a member of the firm’s Hiring, Professional Development and Bay Area Diversity Committees.
Attorney, Arnold & Porter LLP
Chair, Audit Committee
Ronald Schechter is a Senior Counsel at Arnold & Porter, a DC-based international law firm. He has served on the firm’s Policy, Compensation, Ethics, and Pro Bono Committees. Ron has a career-long commitment to pro bono work. He has represented numerous individuals in political asylum, VAWA, and other immigration cases and has litigated several cases challenging government policies regarding immigrants rights. Ron also serves on the Board of Directors of The Welders, a DC-based playwrights collective.