Board of Directors
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).
David Brown is a staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights. He earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in international relations and Latin American studies from Pomona College. David has been a grantmaker to human rights groups in Central America and provided legal and translation assistance to a number of LGBT rights organizations both there and in the United States. He has authored a number of publications, including a study of anti-LGBT hate crimes in Honduras, a Practitioners Guide to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and International Human Rights Law, and an article in the Michigan Journal of International Law on the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. David was one of TLDEF's first interns.
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.
Sharron Cooks is a philosopher, consultant, and social justice advocate. She is owner & CEO of Making Our Lives Easier LLC, a consulting firm that provides quality resources and information to under-represented communities, especially transgender women of color. The organization works through community organizing, political advising, advocacy and activism. Sharron is a Board Member of Equality Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's leading organization advancing LGBTQ rights. She is also a member of Philadelphia's Mayoral Commission on LGBT Affairs.
Sharron is also the first out transgender person to represent the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Democratic National Convention delegate, as well as the first African American transgender woman to serve in that capacity, and the second African American transgender woman to serve as a national delegate in United States history.
Kathy is the principal of the Law Office of Katherine Cooper where she is involved in advising clients on issues arising from financial services law and regulations as well as representing clients in commercial litigation. Prior to launching her 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.
Martin Farach-Colton is a professor of computer science at Rutgers University. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland and his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has served on the board of Lambda Legal and the Ali Forney Center.
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 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 leads a team of highly talented field sales colleagues for Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Previously, she led Pfizer’s primary care communications team in the U.S. Her responsibilities included the strategic and day-to-day communications needs of 5 U.S. regional Presidents, and all other senior leaders within Pfizer’s primary care business.
Before her role in communications, Alaina was a Director, Public Affairs, where she was responsible for Pfizer’s legislative grassroots programs. She worked closely with the federal and state lobbying teams, in addition to also helping shape policy issues related to field sales and marketing. She also served as the Government Relations liaison to senior sales leadership and was a frequent guest presenter at Pfizer’s U.S. facilities, educating colleagues on legislative and policy issues concerning Pfizer.
Alaina’s professional career began after graduating cum laude from NC State University with a Bachelors 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 Chapel Hill, NC with her partner Kathy, and has three teenage sons.
Maryellen is Counsel in the Philadelphia office of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. Maryellen’s practice focuses on complex commercial, appellate and Constitutional litigation, including first Amendment issues. Maryellen has appeared in cases in at least in fifteen states, as well as in international and domestic arbitrations, and has been lead counsel in several Multi-District Litigations. Maryellen has served as Chair of a Sub-Committee of the Federal Procedure Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.
Maryellen is a coordinator of her Firm’s participation in TLDEF’s Name Change Project, is a member of the Firm’s Non-Traditional Couples Practice Group and was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Reading Terminal Market (appointed by the Reading Terminal Market Merchants Association) as well as Chair of Annual Fundraising at Friends Select School. While on the Reading Terminal Market Board, Maryellen was instrumental in obtaining dedicated parking for this urban public market and in qualifying Market merchants under the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, making the benefits of that food subsidy program available to inner-city needy women, infant and children for the first time. An award for outstanding service to the Market is given in Maryellen’s name by the Market’s Merchant Association.
Maryellen earned her JD at Duke University School of Law, with Honors, where she was a member of the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal and the National Moot Court team. Maryellen was previously a Shareholder or Partner at the Buchanan firm, as well as at Saul Ewing LLP and Rawle & Henderson, the nation’s oldest law firm.