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Maria Ghazal is General Counsel for Business Roundtable. As the organization’s top lawyer, Ghazal directs its legal advocacy, including action in the courts, and leads the Roundtable’s Legal Affairs Group.
Ghazal also oversees policy development and advocacy for the Business Roundtable Corporate Governance Committee. The Committee is focused on advancing the long-term economic interests of shareholders, workers, and consumers, as well as upholding the highest corporate ethical standards. America’s business leaders set the standard for modern, effective corporate governance practices in the Business Roundtable’s Principles of Corporate Governance.
Previously, Ghazal managed the Business Roundtable Health and Retirement Committee, which works to improve the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health care system and strengthen the long-term viability of the retirement income system. She was the organization’s chief advocate on health care reform and retirement policy before Congress and federal agencies.
Prior to joining Business Roundtable, Ghazal was Director of Health Policy at the American Benefits Council, served as Director of Government Relations at Verizon and worked as a Legislative Assistant at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Her career began as an aide to then-Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).
Ghazal earned her law degree from American University, master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and bachelor’s degree from Bates College. She is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar Associations and the Tax Coalition.