Profile

As Wiley’s first Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. MacMurray-Abdullah is responsible for translating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies into pragmatic programming and initiatives to achieve the firm’s strategic goals. In this capacity, she serves as the firm’s thought leader in the marketplace where she focuses on external diversity commitments and other calls to action. Throughout her career, Rashida has served in multiple diversity leadership roles and has implemented policies and programs designed to promote and empower professionals from underrepresented groups.

With almost two decades of diverse and dynamic professional services experience advising Fortune 500 and public sector clients involving business controversies and crises. She draws upon more than 20 years of client service experience leading engagements related to global corporate investigations, regulatory compliance, capital projects assessments, and forensic accounting. She has advised both law firm and senior legal executives in implementing innovative legal business operations, designing and measuring key DEI metrics as well as the strategic procurement of legal services.

Experience

Professional Experience

  • Senior Manager, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory (2008-2020)
  • Associate, Private Practice (AM Law 100 Law Firms) (2002-2008)
  • Project Manager, Lucent Technologies (1998-2000)

Affiliations

  • The Ridley Scholarship Program, Board of Directors (2020-Present)
  • National Bar Association Commercial Law Section, Treasurer (2017-Present)
  • Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth, Secretary (2020-Present)
  • ACE Mentor Program, Board of Directors – Greater Washington (2010-2018)

Recognitions

  • Jazz for Justice Alumni Awardee, Association of Black Law Students, Rutgers University School of Law, 2021
  • Rising Star, Deloitte/Harlem YMCA bai Award, 2017
  • Teamwork Award, Deloitte Quarterly Federal Civilian Award, 2014
  • 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocate, National Bar Association, 2013

Credentials

Education

J.D., Rutgers University School of Law

M.E., University of Virginia

B.S., University of Virginia

Bar and Court Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Georgia Bar
  • Illinois Bar
  • New Jersey
  • New York Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. PTO, Registered Patent Attorney

Certifications

Certificate with Distinction, Harvard Business Analytics Program, (January 2021)

Project Management Professional (PMP) ®

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