Board of Directors

Frederick Alexander

Frederick H. Alexander is Head of Legal Policy at B Lab. Before coming to B Lab, he spent 26 years at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP practicing corporate law, including four years as managing partner. He remains counsel to the firm.

Mr. Alexander formerly chaired the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and the General Review Task Force of the ABA Committee on Corporate Laws. He is a member of the Delaware Access to Justice Commission and an Inaugural Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.

Mr. Alexander has been named as one of the ten most highly regarded corporate governance lawyers worldwide by The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers. He was selected by Best Corporate Law Lawyers as the Delaware Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year and as the Delaware Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year, and was named as one of the 500 leading lawyers in the United States by the Lawdragon guide.

He is the author of two books, The Public Benefit Corporation Guidebook (2016) and The Delaware Corporation; Legal Aspects of Organization and Operation 1-5th C.P.S. (2014), and numerous articles, including Mission Alignment and Benefit Corporations: Requiring Companies to Build Value for All Stakeholders, 2016 ICGN Yearbook; Benefit Corporations, The Journal of Applied Corporate Finance (2016); The Stakeholder Problem, Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation (2016); Why More Businesses Are Considering The B Corp. Model, Law360 (2015); Benefit Corporations in the Public Markets (Agenda 2015); Amendments Remove Obstacles to Adoption of Public Benefit Status (Corporate Law and Accountability Report 2015); Doing Well While Doing Good: New Delaware Law Authorizes “Public Benefit” Corporations (Delaware Corporate & Legal Services Blog 2013); Forum Selection By-laws: Where We Are and Where We Go From Here (Insights 2013); Responding to Unsolicited Takeover Offers (Conference Board 2009).

 

Sean Coleman

Sean Coleman is Founder and Executive Director of Destination Tomorrow, which addresses health disparities among African American transgender men. Sean sits on the New York State HIV Planning and Prevention Group (PPG). He has received awards and recognition for his service from GMHC, Black Transman Inc., Fashion Fighting AIDS, and the Fresh Fruit Festival, New York's celebration of LGBTQ arts and culture. He attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice.   

Katherine Cooper

Kathy is an attorney with Murphy & McGonigle, where she offers financial market participants trusted guidance to help them chart their way through the often confusing legal and regulatory landscape. Prior to joining this firm, Kathy served as the Chief Regulatory Officer of NYSE Liffe US, a futures exchange operated by the New York Stock Exchange, from its launch in 2008 through its closure in a merger-related reorganization in December 2014. In that role, she advised the exchange’s Board and senior management on legal and regulatory issues and was responsible for the exchange’s self-regulatory function policing market participants’ compliance with applicable law and rules. Kathy was the first employee to transition at the New York Stock Exchange.

Prior to her role at NYSE, she held senior compliance positions at two large investment banks, prosecuted commodity frauds as an enforcement attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and in private practice represented clients in anti-trust, securities and commodities investigations run by the Securities Exchange Commission, the United States Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. While she was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, her pro bono work included the representation of an inmate in a prisoner rights case, homeless plaintiffs seeking to exercise their free speech rights in the New York City subway system, and tenants in eviction proceedings.

Kathy is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Columbia College.

Joseph Hall, Co-Chair

Joe is a member of Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Corporate Department and head of the firm’s corporate governance practice. He works on the full range of capital markets transactions, and advises public companies and regulated entities on corporate governance and financial regulatory compliance. He is a frequent speaker on topics of corporate governance and SEC compliance.

Joe began his career at Davis Polk in 1989. Between 2003 and 2005 he served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, ultimately as Managing Executive for Policy under Chairman William H. Donaldson. As a member of Chairman Donaldson’s senior management team, Joe assisted in directing the Commission’s policy-making and enforcement activities.

Catharine Hough

Catharine Hough is Vice President of Massartre Ltd., a women-owned general contracting firm specializing in high-end residential and commercial construction. 

Catharine has held board memberships in numerous organizations, including the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, the New York State Pride Agenda, the DOE Fund, the Wooster Group, PS 122, and Business Propulsion Systems, among others.  She is LEED-accredited by the US Green Building Council and maintains numerous other professional accreditations and certifications.

Catharine earned a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences – Environmental Studies from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Alaina Kupec, Co-Chair

Alaina has spent the past 23 years working in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry.  She currently serves as a Senior Director at Gilead.  Prior to that she spent over 20 years at Pfizer.  She has experience in Market Access, Communications, Public Affairs, Sales Leadership and Sales over the course of her career. 

Alaina has also been visibly active the past three years, first when she lived in North Carolinian and was one of the most visible leaders fighting HB2. She appeared in the first nationally airing transgender awareness ad supporting the right for transgender people to use the bathroom of their presenting gender, which ran during the Republican National Convention. She has also been active fighting the proposed ban on transgender military service, appearing on ABC Nightline and in numerous media outlets, along with writing an Op-Ed published in the NY Daily News. Most recently Alaina again spoke out about proposed policy changes regarding the Department of Health and Human Services in defining gender. appearing on WNYC in NYC and writing an Op-Ed published in Newsday. 

Alaina’s professional career began after graduating cum laude from NC State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science, where she was also honored as the 1992 Naval ROTC Honor Graduate.  After graduation, Alaina served in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Officer in a FA-18 squadron, where she was recognized as the 1994 Ground Officer of the Year and also received two Navy Achievement Medals for her leadership.

Alaina currently resides in South San Francisco California with her wife Kathy, and has three sons.

Riley Snorton

C. Riley Snorton (Professor of English and Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Chicago) is a scholar, author, and activist whose work focuses on historical perspectives of gender and race, specifically Black transgender identities. His publications include Nobody is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction, the CLAGS' Sylvia Rivera Award for Transgender Studies, the John Boswell Prize in LGBTQ History from the American Historical Association and the William Sanders Scarborough Prize for African American literature and culture from the Modern Language Association. In 2014 BET listed him as one of their "18 Transgender People You Should Know".

Anne Tompkins

Anne M. Tompkins is a partner at the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. She was the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from April 2010 to March 2015.  Anne also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina, during which time she was detailed for eight months to the Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad, Iraq, where she assisted the Iraqi Special Tribunal investigation into international humanitarian crimes committed by members of the regime of Saddam Hussein. She received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.  She received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.