Aisha Oliver-Staley, NYU General Counsel

NYU President Andrew Hamilton today announced the appointment of Aisha Oliver-Staley, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as NYU’s General Counsel and University Secretary. She will join NYU’s leadership team January 2021.

President Hamilton said, “At a time when NYU’s research and entrepreneurial activity are fast expanding, Aisha’s experience at Georgia Tech is an excellent fit for our priorities and aspirations. She has a well-versed, expert command of the issues and demands that confront large, complex, research intensive universities, as well as the specific needs of researchers and students. She articulates a compelling vision for the General Counsel’s office as a strategic partner in achieving NYU long-range goals; a supportive collaborator and responsive adviser to individual schools, units, labs, and researchers; and a cordial, cooperative, and enjoyable workplace for our hard-working attorneys. I am certain she will be a wonderful, dynamic member of the University’s senior leadership, and a respected, effective head of our legal team.”

Aisha Oliver-Staley has been with Georgia Tech’s counsel’s office since 2011 in positions of expanding responsibility, including a period as their interim general counsel. During her tenure there, she was deeply involved in international projects, compliance and ethics, facilities development, fundraising, export controls, investigations, and personnel matters, to name just a few areas of experience. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, she was an associate at McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP in Atlanta, where she worked on general corporate matters for both non-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as municipal finance matters.

She is a magna cum laude graduate of Morgan State University, where she earned a B.Sc. in business management. She received her JD degree from Howard University’s School of Law. She has been a member of the Georgia State Bar since 2005.

Ms. Oliver-Staley has made community service a major part of her life. She has been the pro bono attorney for a young immigrant before the Atlanta Immigration Court. She was a reading mentor with the Everybody Wins! literacy program, a former Trustee at her local church, a volunteer with the L.E.A.D. Atlanta program, and a former co-chair of the Board of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.

President Hamilton added, “Even as I announce the happy news of Aisha Oliver-Staley’s appointment, I want to offer my praise, admiration, and thanks for her predecessor, Terry Nolan. He is an esteemed colleague, dedicated and wise, quick to respond whenever help or thoughtful counsel is needed, calm in the most tumultuous circumstances, and an indefatigable advocate for NYU.”

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