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 Committee. She is the organization’s chief advocate on these issues before Congress and federal agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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. Most recently, the Corporate Governance Committee led the Roundtable’s work on a new Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation which sparked a worldwide dialogue on the role of corporations in society.
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, Health on Wednesday, the Tax Coalition and Women Corporate Directors. In addition, Maria serves on the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Quality Board and Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Advisory Board.