Debra L. Schroeder

Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
Santa Monica Office


J.D., Indiana University; B.A. in French, Indiana University; B.A. in chemistry, Indiana University

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Debra Schroeder is vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at the RAND Corporation. She is responsible for the legal affairs of the organization, acting as the primary legal advisor to the Board of Trustees, the President, and senior management. She ensures the availability, continuity, and quality of timely and cost-effective legal services throughout the organization, providing legal and business advice in a broad range of substantive legal areas. She plays a key role in the forumulation of the organization's strategy and policies and in the evaluation of new business opportunities, both in the United States and abroad.

As Corporate Secretary, she is responsible for corporate governance and advises the Board of Trustees regarding legal matters affecting the organization.

Schroeder has broad experience as corporate counsel, with expertise in the areas of labor and employment, tax exempt organizations, contracts, intellectual property, export control, organizational and personal conflicts of interest, leases and other real estate matters, 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 into federally funded research and development centers and government contracting. Her other experience includes time in law firms; 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.