General Counsel & Global Head of Public Policy, Mastercard 

Richard Verma joined Mastercard in 2020. He previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to India, overseeing an unprecedented nine meetings between President Obama and Prime Minister Modi that led to over 100 new initiatives and more than 40 government-to-government dialogues. Richard is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has been named one of the 50 most influential Indian Americans.  

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Richard created a Leader's Pledge detailing his personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Richard's pledge here

Mastercard promotes diversity and inclusion through business resource groups, supplier diversity programs, and commitments in the community. In 2016, Mastercard was No. 7 on DiversityInc's list of the top 50 companies for diversity, in part for the high percentage of Asians, African Americans, and Latinos in senior leadership roles. 

"Our inclusive culture is about more than simply having a diverse workforce – it's about using diversity to drive real business impact," Tim wrote in Mastercard's diversity report. "We want our employees to know they're making a real difference when they bring different ways of thinking to the table."  

Mastercard was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2018 and 2019. 

Joined LCLD 2017 

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2021: Andrea Sung, Tiffanie Baker, Keun Dong Kim, Abhinav Bhatt; 2020: Trecia Pessoa, Lisa Cantos; 2019: Alison Hinds-Pearl, Tanya Southerland; 2017: Sandy Bequette, Natasha Fapohunda

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2020: Campbell Agyapong; 2019: Dan Bae; 2017: Anushree Bagrodia

Success in Law School Mentoring Program 
Mentors provided: 2020

Annual Meeting (2018, 2017)
Leadership Summit (2021)

Member: Richard Verma

Diversity Professionals: Regina NgVicki Walcott-EdimPilar Ramos, Baldeep Suchenski

Communications: Regina NgPilar Ramos