Victoria Reggie Kennedy

Director

Victoria  Reggie  (Vicki)  Kennedy  is  both  an  accomplished  attorney  and  a  non-­‐profit  leader. As senior counsel in the corporate and securities practice group at Greenberg Traurig LLP, she advises clients on governmental, governance and regulatory issues and assists them in devising strategies for the resolution of complex business problems.

She  is  President  of  the  Board  and  co-­‐founder  of  the  Edward  M.  Kennedy  Institute  for  the United States Senate, a non-­‐partisan,  non-­‐profit  organization  in Boston  that  educates  the public about the unique role of the United States  Senate  in  our  democracy.  The  Kennedy Institute  has  won  international  awards  for  its  innovative  and  interactive  design  and   approach to  encouraging  participatory  democracy,  invigorating  civil  discourse  and  inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

As  a  Member  of  the Bi-­‐Partisan  Policy  Center’s  Commission  on  Political  Reform,  Kennedy joined other national leaders to investigate and make recommendations on ways to overcome the causes and consequences of America’s partisan political divide.

In addition to her advocacy for civic engagement and civil discourse, Kennedy is a champion for  arts  education  and  outreach  to   underserved  communities.  She has a Presidential appointment to serve as a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where  she  chairs  the Education  Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board of VSA, an international organization on arts, education and disability.   She is a past member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 

Kennedy is  a member of the Board of Fund II Foundation, which, among other things, works to preserve the African American experience.  She is also a member of the Boards of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the New England Council, the oldest regional business association in the country.

In addition to her law practice, board service and non-­‐profit leadership roles, Kennedy has been a leading voice for the empowerment of women and girls in our society. She also is an advocate for expanding medical research and for access to health care to all Americans.  She   was actively involved in the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and stood at President Obama’s side at the signing of the bill into law.   She is the author of op-­‐ed pieces which have appeared in  the  Boston  Globe,  the  Washington  Post,  the  Philadelphia  Enquirer and other newspapers.

The Boston Business Journal recently named Kennedy one of the city’s Power 50, a list of leaders “who not only are making an impact on Boston’s economy and business community, but are doing so while earning the respect of their peers and their people.” Kennedy also  has received numerous other business, community and national awards and recognitions and has been awarded eight honorary doctoral degrees.

Kennedy earned a JD, summa cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She was a member of the Board of Editors and the Notes Editor of the Tulane Law Review. She remains active at her alma mater and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Tulane Law School. She earned a BA in English, magna cum laude, from Newcomb College at Tulane University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.