Heather Asher

Press Release:  Election of New Board Member Akunna Cook

Katie Larkin-Wong, Chair of Ms. JD’s Board of Directors, announced that the Board unanimously voted to appoint Akunna Cook to the Board.  "Akunna brings a wealth of experience to Ms. JD's Board," Katie stated regarding Akunna joining the Ms. JD Board.  "We were impressed by her commitment to fostering diversity, her past success promoting institutional change to remove barriers to women's promotion in the foreign service, and her international experiences. We are excited to welcome her to the team."

Akunna graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently a second law student at Yale Law School where she serves as an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law and Alumni Relations Chair for the Yale Black Law Students Association. Akunna was also the Student Education Chair for Yale Law Women’s Top Ten Family Friendly Firms Initiative 2014. Prior to law school, Akunna was a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State, serving overseas in Iraq, South Africa, and China and in various leadership positions in Washington, D.C. Akunna is the recipient of a Department of State Superior Honor Award and several Meritorious Honor Awards.

Of joining the Board, Akunna stated, “I'm excited about the opportunity to work with Ms. JD to fulfill its mission of advancing the status of women in the legal profession around the world.  More women are graduating from law school than ever before and we all stand to benefit by having more women ascend to key leadership roles within the profession. I am grateful for the opportunity to help make that a reality.”

Akunna will be succeeding Noorain Khan on the Board. Of Noorain's departure, Katie stated, "We are so grateful to have had Noorain as part of our team! Without the support and passion of Noorain, as well as previous Ms. JD Board members, Ms. JD would not be the successful organization it is today."

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 www.ms-jd.org.

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