Zoë Baird is the CEO and President of the Markle Foundation which works to deploy technology and collaborative partnerships to address some of the nation’s most pressing issues. Today, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions toward a labor market that will enable all workers to move into good, well-paying jobs in the digital economy.
Most recently, Markle formed the Rework America Alliance with businesses, civil rights organizations, labor unions, tech companies, and nonprofits to enable workers from low-and middle-wage jobs to move into good jobs, particularly people of color disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
Also, under Baird’s leadership, Markle established a nonpartisan State Network in which 30 governors and the mayor of the District of Columbia engage to modernize the labor market at a scale and pace not possible through individual state actions.
Previously, Ms. Baird led Markle’s Task Force on National Security in the Information Age to reform the intelligence community to meet current threats and Connecting for Health to catalyze improvements in the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Both areas of work led to the passage of major federal laws and transformation of business practice. Prior to Markle, Ms. Baird served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Aetna; as Counselor and Staff Executive at GE; partner at O’Melveny & Myers; and as Associate Counsel to President Carter.
Ms. Baird is currently a member of the board of the New York City Ballet, an honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Aspen Philanthropy Group, a Commissioner for the Framework for Inclusive Capitalism, and Advisory Board Member of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Kennedy School, Harvard University. She served as a trustee of the Council on Foreign Relations, chaired the Commerce Secretary’s Digital Economy Advisory Board, was a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1994-2000), and numerous government and private boards. A.B. Phi Beta Kappa and J.D. University of California, Berkeley.