Maria Ghazal is Senior Vice President & Counsel for Business Roundtable, where she directs strategic initiatives across the organization and oversees policy development and advocacy for the Business Roundtable Corporate Governance and Smart Regulation Committees. She is the organization’s chief advocate on these issues before Congress and federal agencies.
The Corporate Governance Committee is focused on advancing the long-term economic interests of shareholders, workers and consumers, as well as upholding the highest corporate ethical standards. America’s business leaders set the standard for modern, effective corporate governance practices in the Business Roundtable Principles of Corporate Governance.
The Smart Regulation Committee strives to make the federal regulatory system more transparent and open to public engagement; improve the quality of information used in the rulemaking process; require more objective cost-benefit analysis; extend that requirement to so-called independent agencies; and modernize the federal permitting process.
Prior to joining Business Roundtable in 2005, Ghazal was Director of Health Policy at the American Benefits Council, served as Director of Government Relations at Verizon and worked as a Legislative Assistant at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Her career began as an Aide to then-Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).
Ghazal earned a law degree from American University, a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Bates College. She is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar Associations and The Tax Coalition. Maria is a member of the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Quality Board.