Ms. JD Press Release: Heather Byrd Asher Named Ms. JD Executive Director

Katie Larkin-Wong, Chair of Ms. JD’s Board of Directors, announced that the Board unanimously voted to appoint Heather Byrd Asher Executive Director of the organization. “As a woman who has successfully navigated Harvard Law School and a top national law firm, we think Heather will bring a wealth of valuable experience to our community.  The Board felt she was a perfect fit for our culture and we look forward to accomplishing even larger goals with Heather as part of our leadership team."

Carla Laroche, the Ms. JD Board Member who chaired the Executive Director search, stated, “Ms. JD received applications from many impressive candidates. However, Heather’s record of accomplishment and strong qualifications really made her stand out.”

Heather is a native Atlanta resident and graduate of Howard University and Harvard Law School.  Heather began her legal career in the Atlanta headquarters of Alston & Bird as an associate in its Bankruptcy, Workouts and Reorganization practice group. She spent the last six years focused on various areas of corporate restructuring, including serving as counsel to trustees and corporations in bankruptcy and in out-of-court restructurings.

Of becoming a part of Ms. JD, Heather said: “I am thrilled to join the Ms. JD team!  The work that this organization has been able to accomplish in under a decade is beyond impressive.  Because of this strong foundation, I am excited about continuing Ms. JD’s work and expanding its reach.”

Heather will assume the Executive Director position on June 30, 2014.

As the U.S.’s premier organization for aspiring and early career female lawyers, Ms. JD brings legal practitioners, law students, and aspiring lawyers together to drive the critical national conversation about gender issues in the legal sector. More information about Ms. JD and its extensive programs and events is available at

Ms. JD would like to thank Andrew Pederson of Impact Program Design and Evaluation; Ms. JD’s pro bono counsel, Karen Deschaine, of Cooley LLP; Ms. JD’s former Executive Director Jessie Kornberg of Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg; Ms. JD’s organizational support, Michele L. Henrey, Laura Bladow, and Jane Rosales; and Governance Committee Members Courtney Gabbara, Noorain Khan, and Kim McGrath for their help during the Executive Director search process. 

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