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Zoë Baird

President, Markle Foundation

Zoë Baird Budinger is President of the Markle Foundation, which focuses on using information and communications technologies to address critical public needs, particularly in health care and the nation’s security. Currently, Markle is developing an initiative to broaden the benefits of advances in information technology to create a vibrant economic future for all Americans. Zoë’s career spans business, government, and academia. She has been Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Aetna, Inc., a Senior Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School, Counselor and Staff Executive at General Electric, and a Partner in the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. She was Associate General Counsel to President Jimmy Carter and an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice. She served on President Clinton’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1993–2001), the Secretary of Defense’s Privacy Advisory Committee (2003–2004), and the Attorney General’s International Competition Policy Advisory Committee (1997–2000). Zoë co-chaired the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age and participated in the Steering Group of Markle Connecting for Health. She serves on a number of nonprofit and corporate boards including the Brookings Institution, the Chubb Corporation, and Boston Properties.