Zoë Baird Budinger - Participant

Zoë Baird is President of the Markle Foundation. Ms. Baird has led Markle’s collaborative efforts to deploy information technology to reform the intelligence community to meet current threats, and to catalyze improvements in health care. Previously, she initiated Markle’s work with the U.N. and others to expand Internet access in developing countries and to build global Internet governance institutions like ICANN.  She is currently leading a new Initiative to expand middle class economic security in a networked world. Ms. Baird was appointed by the president to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1994-2000), the G-8 Heads of State Digital Opportunity Task Force (2000-02), the Congressional Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the U.S. Intelligence Community (1995), by the Secretary of Defense to his Technology and Policy Advisory Committee (2003-04) and by the Director of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command to the NSA Advisory Board Cyber Awareness and Response Panel (2010-11).  She has served as associate counsel to the president (1980-81), Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Aetna, and a partner in O’Melveny & Myers.  Ms. Baird serves on the Chubb and Boston Properties boards, is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and an honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution.  She holds an A.B. Phi Beta Kappa, University of California Berkeley; J.D. Boalt School of Law, University of California Berkeley. 



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