Eileen M. Lach

Independent Director
🇺🇸  New York

Eileen M. Lach is a Member of the Executive Committee of The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, served as the editor of its treatise published in 2019 entitled Ethically Aligned Design, first edition, and is a member of the IEEE Council on Extended Intelligence in collaboration with MIT. Ms. Lach joined IEEE in 2011 and served as its first General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer until her retirement in April 2018. In her role as the lead attorney and a senior executive at IEEE, Ms. Lach was key to the commencement in 2014 of IEEE’s major initiative on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence, and engaged in its initiatives on the Internet of Things and the protection of patent rights for technology innovators and implementers through the IEEE standards development process. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of The Future Society, Ms. Lach is also a member of the Board of Governors of the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, a judge/arbitrator in the Civil Courts of the City of New York, and a member of the Legal Advisory Council of Sanctuary for Families, a New York City based organization engaged in protecting victims of domestic violence, gender discrimination, and international trafficking.

Prior to joining IEEE, Ms. Lach was a senior executive in a major global healthcare company and a partner in a national U.S. law firm. Ms. Lach began her career with a Wall Street law firm and for seven years simultaneously served on a pro bono basis as the General Counsel of Amnesty International in the United States.

Ms. Lach is admitted to practice law in New York and holds court admissions to the United States Supreme Court, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Ms. Lach earned her B.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, USA (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). She holds a combined Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law, and a Master of Public Affairs, with a concentration in Diplomacy and Development Economics, from Princeton University.