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Pamela Passman

Former corporate vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft

Pamela Passman, a member of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council, is the former President of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (  and Vice Chair of the Ethisphere Institute, distinct entities working to promote leading practices and provide solutions to manage key governance, compliance and risks for companies and their global value chains.

Prior to founding in October 2011, Ms. Passman was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. From 2002 to 2011, Ms. Passman led Microsoft’s regulatory compliance work across a range of issues, including privacy, security, law enforcement, national security, telecommunications and other issues related to cloud computing. She also led Microsoft’s global government relations and public policy work and philanthropic programs and had leadership responsibilities for its cross-company global corporate citizenship efforts.

Ms. Passman first joined Microsoft in 1996 and until 2002 led the Legal and Corporate Affairs organization in Asia, based in Tokyo, with a focus on Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining Microsoft, she practiced law with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo, Japan.

Since March 2020, Ms. Passman has served as a Senior Associate (Non-Resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies with the Simon Chair on Political Economy.

Ms. Passman serves on the Board of Kinaxis Inc., a Toronto-listed SAAS supply chain management company, and served on the Board of IO, a data center infrastructure/cloud computing company that was sold to Iron Mountain in 2018.

She currently serves on the Board and as Vice Chair of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a non-profit providing pro bono legal services to unaccompanied minors before immigration authorities, and on the Board of Trustees of Lafayette College and chairs its Student Life Committee. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Nominating and Governance Committee.

Ms. Passman is a graduate of Lafayette College and the University of Virginia School of Law.