Debra Schroeder is vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary, and ethics and compliance officer at the RAND Corporation. As general counsel, she serves as the legal adviser to the Office of the President, providing internal legal advice and counseling for both research and support functions, including but not limited to contracts and leases, human resources, intellectual property and licenses, export controls, human subject protection, memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and of agreement (MOAs), and adherence to regulatory requirements. She also serves as RAND's corporate ethics officer, overseeing our conflict-of-interest avoidance and adjudication process and the overall corporate integrity program.
Schroeder has broad experience as corporate counsel, with special expertise in the areas of labor and employment, intellectual property, health care, risk management, and compliance and training. She was senior counsel at the Aerospace Corporation from 2006 to 2010, where she gained firsthand insights about federally funded research and development centers and government contracting. Her other experience includes time in private law firms and as deputy general counsel of a medical and dental financial services and consulting firm; as corporate counsel and director of risk management at Parkview Health, the largest health care delivery system in northeastern Indiana; and as manager of industrial relations with the Essex Group of manufacturing concerns.
Schroeder is a member of the California and Indiana state bars and a registered patent attorney. She earned her B.A. in chemistry and French and her J.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington.