Aspen Strategy Group

Zoe Baird Budinger

President, Markle Foundation


Aspen Strategy Group


Zoë Baird, President of the Markle Foundation since 1998, has had a diverse career in law, government, technology and business. At Markle, she has led broad collaborations to drive transformative change in Internet Policy, National Security, and Health. She currently is co-chair of the Markle Economic Future Initiative, which is committed to fostering innovations that personalize learning and scale opportunities for work so all Americans can participate and flourish in a global networked economy. Previously, she led Markle’s efforts to use information technology to reform the intelligence community to meet current threats, and to drive improvements in the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care—work that contributed to passage of major federal laws and transformation of business practice. Ms. Baird served as Associate Counsel to the President (1980-81) before working as a partner at O’Melveny & Myers on Supreme Court cases and international trade matters. She was recruited in 1986 to join GE, where she was Counselor and Staff Executive. She later served as Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Aetna. Ms. Baird has served on numerous boards, including publicly held companies, the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1994-2000) and several advisory boards to heads of federal agencies. She currently is a member of the board of Chubb and the Council on Foreign Relations and is an honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution. She holds an A.B. Phi Beta Kappa and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.