Senior Vice President and Counsel
Maria Ghazal is Senior Vice President & Counsel for Business Roundtable, where she plays a leadership role in the public policy work of the organization and directs membership outreach, recruitment, and retention. In addition, she oversees policy development and advocacy for the Business Roundtable Corporate Governance Committee. Ghazal serves as the chief advocate on corporate governance issues before Congress and federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.