Ona Alston Dosunmu - Vice President and General Counsel

Ona DosunmuA cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Ona Alston Dosunmu is responsible for managing the institution’s legal affairs, mitigating legal risk, and advising the Institution’s Trustees, senior executive team and staff on a wide array of legal, managerial, and policy issues ranging from foreign operations, to conflicts of interest, to compliance. Ms. Dosunmu regularly develops policies, delivers in-house training to staff, and advises on policy enforcement and compliance.

Prior to joining Brookings in 2002, Ms. Dosunmu spent seven years representing major corporations on multi-million dollar transactions—both domestic and international—in private practice with the global law firms of: Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld, L.L.P.; Arent Fox; and Latham & Watkins. Immediately prior to becoming Brookings’s General Counsel in 2006, Ms. Dosunmu helped manage the Foreign Policy program.

Over the years, Ms. Dosunmu has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles with the Association of Corporate Counsel and she is currently an ACC director. She is vice chair of the Georgetown Law Alumni Board and sits on the advisory boards of Corporate Pro Bono, a joint venture between the Pro Bono Institute and the ACC, and on Georgetown’s Corporate Counsel Institute.

Ms. Dosunmu has spoken to various groups across the country on a variety of topics, including non-profit governance, the role of non-profit boards, and the applicability of for-profit best practices in the non-profit context. Her public speaking engagements have also addressed the future of women and minorities in the profession. Ms. Dosunmu was named a “Most Valuable Player” by Inside Counsel magazine in its August 2008 issue and was recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of the National Capital Area in March 2009 for her service to the education and non-profit communities.

Ona Dosunmu also has a B.A. in journalism and a M.A. in sociology from Howard University.