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Diversely skilled, award-winning executive leader offering distinguished career in strategic planning, policy and budget development and global operations leadership for high profile not-for-profit organizations. Adept at facilitating growth by developing various levels of organization and building cohesive teams. Collaborate effectively with senior management to align defined objectives to achieve mission-critical results. Strong contributions creating and executing effective recruiting, training and performance optimization strategies as well as leadership development. Politically-savvy partner with ability to drive cross-functional collaboration and facilitate a harmonious team environment conducive to organizational efficiencies and overall metrics improvements.
Leadership: First female General Counsel in the NAACP’s history. Conceptualized and executed strategic “Days of Action” in conjunction with litigation goals and objectives. Formed The Madison Avenue Project with Mehri & Skalet to create systematic changes in the culture, policies and practices of advertising agencies, promoting diversity and equality. Program Development: Created client-responsive response system for internal legal customers to expedite work flow within the organization. Coordinated succession plan and played key role in the recruitment of the CEO. Spearheaded profitable Life Membership Campaign for American Judicature Society. Budget Management: Consistently managed $20M personnel budget with under-budget efficiency. Directed real estate group in negotiating renewal of current lease, saving $720K in rental expenses and reducing storage costs by one-third. Human Resources: Enhanced risk management by integrating compliance training across the organization with 98% of all staff receiving training. Reduced annual renewal increases for health and benefit coverage by 5-8%. Maintained reduced costs across all areas of coverage for liability insurance premiums to 5% or less for renewal rates. Awards: Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award, Bar Association of DC, 2012. Woman of the Year, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alexandria, VA 2010-2011. Medgar Evers Award of Excellence, Executive Staff, NAACP, 2006. Lawyer of the Year Award, NAACP, 2003.
Chief Legal Officer & Secretary/VP of Human Resources and Business Services April 2010 to Current Special Olympics International Washington DC Head multi-fold role directing global legal counsel, human resources staff and business services team to promote the mission of Special Olympics International, $100M not-for profit enterprise with over 4.2 million athletes participating worldwide. Hold full accountability for strategic legal operations, including contracts, employment law, budget and strategic planning, trademarks, entertainment law, corporate law issues, compliance with US and international legal requirements, exempt organization tax law, sponsorship and fundraising matters, litigation, biannual accreditation of every Special Olympics Program, risk management and registration of Special Olympics offices around the world.