Zoë Baird

Chief Executive Officer and President, Markle Foundation

BA (Hons) and JD, University of California, Berkeley. Diverse career as a lawyer and business executive. Former: Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, Aetna; Counsellor and Staff Executive, GE; Partner, O’Melveny & Myers; Associate Counsel to President Carter; and Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice. 1998, joined the Markle Foundation as President, redirecting Markle’s mission to focus on the potential of information technology (IT) to address some of the most challenging issues in the areas of economic security, national security and healthcare. Currently leading the Markle Foundation’s Skillful Initiative in collaboration with Microsoft, LinkedIn, the state of Colorado, and many other partners. Has served on boards of several publicly held companies and government advisory boards, including as Co-Chair, Department of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors; Member, President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board; Congressional Commission on Roles and Capabilities of the U.S. Intelligence Community; Department of Defense, Defense Science Board Summer Study on Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction; Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee; National Security Cyber Awareness and Response Panel. Currently, Member: Board, Council on Foreign Relations; US Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board; New York City Ballet; Aspen Strategy Group. Honorary Trustee, Brookings Institution.