Ms. Barnard-Bahn is a partner in the firm, which specializes in corporate compliance and ethics with offices located in Santa Monica and Sacramento, California and Princeton, New Jersey. She supports companies in all aspects of developing, implementing and assessing effective compliance programs and ethical leadership cultures.
Ms. Barnard-Bahn previously shaped company culture and strategic initiatives as an executive in multiple roles (Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief Human Resources Officer) at Fortune Global 50 companies such as McKesson and Allianz. During her 20+ years working inside corporations, she built three compliance and ethics programs from scratch. She has served as an expert witness on business ethics in a $1.25B theft of trade secrets claim, taught compliance and ethics as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University Law School, and frequently guest lectures at universities including UC Berkeley, Stanford, Tufts/Fletcher, and Georgetown. As the interim CHRO for River City Bank, Ms. Barnard-Bahn served as Chief Diversity Officer and executive lead for the Corporate Governance and Nominating and Human Resources and Compensation Committees of the Board.
Ms. Barnard-Bahn is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, SCCE’s Compliance and Ethics Professional Magazine, ACC Docket, and Compliance Week, where she also serves on the Advisory Board. She is a professional keynote speaker, Certified Virtual Speaker, and media resource for compliance and ethics, workplace culture, effective leadership, and corporate governance. Regularly featured in media outlets such as NPR, Forbes, CNBC, BBC, and the Wall Street Journal, she is ranked as a Top 25 Legal and Top 50 HR Thought Leader by Thinkers360. Recognized by Forbes as one of the top coaches for legal and compliance executives, she is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches. She is the bestselling author of The Promotability Index® career self-assessment and companion Guidebook.
Ms. Barnard-Bahn received her J.D. (cum laude) from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. (cum laude) from Tufts University. A lifelong diversity advocate, she testified for the successful passage of California SB826 and Washington SB6037, the first laws in the U.S. requiring corporate boards to include women. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Mary Baldwin University and the Advisory Board of West Edge Opera.