Senior Fellow, Governance Center
The Conference Board
Rhonda L. Brauer is a senior fellow with The Conference Board Governance Center.
Over her career, she has become a nationally recognized strategic and legal corporate governance expert for C-Suite executives and boards of directors of all-sized publicly traded companies in a wide range of industries, as well as in the non-profit world. Ms. Brauer began her career with Cleary Gottlieb as a cross-border transactional corporate lawyer, working in both New York and Brussels. She has supervised teams of professionals in a variety of complex legal and corporate governance consulting situations.
She recently founded RLB Governance, where she continues to promote best practices in corporate governance and company-shareholder engagement.
From 2008-2016, Ms. Brauer was a Senior Managing Director (Corporate Governance) and a member of the Executive Committee at Georgeson Inc. She provided strategic corporate governance and proxy solicitation consulting services, to help her clients obtain their desired outcomes in shareholder votes on directors, executive compensation matters, shareholder proposals, proxy contests, M&A situations and other extraordinary transactions.
Prior to that, Ms. Brauer had been Corporate Secretary & Governance Officer, as well as a member of the Senior Management Team, at The New York Times Company. Over the course of 15+ years in-house at The Times, she provided advice to the board and management on a variety of governance, shareholder engagement, securities law, M&A, transactional, treasury, and philanthropic issues. She conducted board self-assessments and helped to coordinate the Board and senior management response to a dissident’s with-the-vote campaign and a threatened proxy fight that eventually settled.
Ms. Brauer's other past governance activities have included:
Ms. Brauer remains an active member of the New York Bar, having received her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington, IN), Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif. She received her A.B. from Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is also a past Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.