Managing Director, Rock Center for Corporate Governance
Amanda Packel coordinates and executes Rock Center programs and projects and serves as co-director of Stanford Directors’ College, the leading executive education program for board members and senior executives of publicly traded firms. She also oversees the Rock Center’s operating budget, communications strategy, web assets, and its academic fellowship programs. Amanda speaks and has published on various corporate governance topics, including board composition and ethics. She is also a co-author of Leadership for Lawyers, a textbook for teaching leadership to law students.
Amanda serves as Vice President of the board of directors of The Thirty Percent Coalition and is a board member of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX). She was named one of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2017 Women of Influence.
Amanda previously practiced white-collar criminal defense and conducted corporate investigations at Covington & Burling and at Orrick. Her experience includes defending individuals and companies against SEC enforcement actions and federal criminal investigations in the areas of antitrust, securities fraud, stock options backdating, public corruption, and off-label promotion. She has also represented audit committees and conducted internal investigations into allegations including securities fraud, the Bank Bribery Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Prior to law school, Amanda conducted empirical research in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. She received her A.B. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and a J.D., order of the coif, from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor of the California Law Review. After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge Marsha S. Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.