Zoë Baird is CEO and President of the Markle Foundation which aims to catalyze a labor market that will enable all workers to hold good digital economy jobs. Markle is developing policies that drive commercial use of technologies to build the middle class; and operates the Rework America Alliance (with businesses, civil rights organizations, labor unions, tech companies, nonprofits) and a coalition of 30 bipartisan Governors.
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 Markle Connecting for Health to drive improvements in quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Both led to the passage of major federal laws and transformation of business practice. Prior to Markle, Ms. Baird was Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Aetna; Counselor and Staff Executive, GE; partner, O’Melveny & Myers; and Associate Counsel to President Carter.
Ms. Baird is a member of President Biden’s National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC); Aspen Strategy Group; Aspen Philanthropy Group; Advisory Board Wiener Center, Kennedy School, Harvard; and senior trustee Brookings Institution. She was trustee of the Council on Foreign Relations; co-chaired Commerce Secretary Pritzker’s Digital Economy Advisory Board; and was a member of the Department of Defense Policy Board; President Clinton’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board; National Security Agency Advisory Board Cyber Panel; Department of Defense Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee; Congressional Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the U.S. Intelligence Community; and U.S. Representative to the G-8 Digital Opportunity Task (DOT) Force. She was President Clinton’s initial nominee for Attorney General. She holds an A.B. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.