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I am an established leader with experience across law, government, politics and philanthropy. I provide strategic advice and legal counsel to clients on complex legal, policy, and regulatory matters. I also advise companies on cyber risk management, governance, and incident response.

I served in the Obama Administration as Executive Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services where I served as a principal advisor to the Secretary and as the chief regulatory officer for HHS, the third largest rulemaking agency in the federal government. During the Clinton Administration, I served as Assistant to White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, and as a Special Assistant in the Office of Management and Budget, where I assisted in policy development for issues affecting the District of Columbia.

During the 2008 campaign cycle, I served as the New York State Political Director for the Obama for America campaign and as a Regional Political Director for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. I also previously directed approximately $40 million of grantmaking at the Ford Foundation, and served as a Program Officer at the Open Society Foundations.

I am a Board Member of the American Constitution Society, a national progressive legal organization with chapters in almost every law school in the country and lawyer chapters in over 40 cities. I also serve as a Commissioner on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, having been appointed to that position by the New York State Senate Minority Leader.

Having lived in Italy for a short while, I speak Italian and am always up for good Italian food. I love to dance and am looking forward to the first LCLD dance breakout session.

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
575 Lexington Avenue
7th Floor
New York, NY 10022

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Areas of Practice

Administrative & Regulatory
Class Action/Complex Litigation
Corporate Governance
Federal Government
Health Care
Internal Investigations
Privacy & Data Security
Product Liability
State & Local Government


Legal Services

Leadership Positions

Board Member; American Constitution Society, 2015 - Present Commissioner, New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, 2015 - Present

Law School

Stanford Law School

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