Deputy Legal Counsel, Patreon, Inc.
A self-proclaimed fintech nerd hailing from India and Utah before settling in San Francisco, Priya has worked on all kinds of payments, privacy, and product initiatives during her corporate legal career, first at Wells Fargo (big bank), then Google (big tech), and now Patreon (small payments startup).
Some of her representative projects have included:
● creating and growing international payments and R&D operations in the EU and India;
● launching a payment app where consumers pay with their face to buy items;
● using crowdfunding to get artists reliably paid for their work, without ads;
● internationalizing loyalty and rewards to increase consumer engagement for tap and pay;
● implementing a payment process for a burrito brought to you by a drone.
One of the recipients of The Recorder’s “Women Leaders in Tech Law” in 2015, Priya was also voted an SF Business Times / Silicon Valley Business Journal Corporate Counsel of the Year Finalist in 2014 for her leadership of the Bar Association of San Francisco during the San Francisco judiciary’s fiscal crisis.
As the first in-house counsel President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Priya focused the Bar’s agenda on addressing the court funding crisis and on preserving access to justice. She also created an in-house counsel initiative targeting greater involvement of corporate lawyers into the bar association where in-house lawyers could meet other in-house lawyers at events sponsored by law firms, and could partner with law firm lawyers on pro bono work.
Priya currently serves on the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco.
When not lawyering, Priya can be found in one of the fine North Beach cafes people-watching while sipping a Caffe Americano, or riding horses in Marin.