Jill B. Louis, Esq., a Howard University Board member since 2018, is a partner at the international law firm Perkins Coie, focusing her practice on private equity and corporate representation, including mergrers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and franchise transactions.
Prior to joining Perkins and Coie, Ms. Louis was a partner with K&L Gates LLP where she advised on multinational healthcare, franchise, retail and infrastructure corporations on governance and strategic transactions. She was born on Howard's campus while her father was a medical intern at Howard's historic Freedmen's Hospital. Both her father, Peter Louis MD'64, and her sister, Erika Louis BA'91 are proud Bison.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Louis was the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of FleetPride, a portfolio company of the private equity firm Texas Pacific Group (TPG). At FleetPride, Jill led the legal, security, environmental health, safety and communications functions for the company.
Prior to FleetPride she was Managing Director, Commercial Transactions and Regulatory Compliance for FedEx Office and Print Services, Inc., a wholly owned operating company of FedEx Corporation. There, she led FedEx Office’s transactional, sourcing, intellectual property, regulatory and technology legal teams.
Prior to FedEx Office, Ms. Louis served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for HQ Global Workplaces, Inc., a multinational franchise company providing turnkey workspace and office services.
She began her legal career in private law practice with the corporate transactions sections of Hughes & Luce, L.L.P. (now K&L Gates) in Dallas and Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington, D.C. .
Her board experience includes serving as a Board Member of Thrivent Financial, Texas Region, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and the Executive Board of the North Texas Public Broadcasting Company Station KERA. She has also served as a city commissioner on the Tax Increment Funding (TIF) Board for the Cedars area of Dallas. She is an active member of The Links Incorporated, Dallas Chapter.
Jill is the past co-chair of Educate Dallas, the Political Action Committee for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and served eight years on Board of Trustees of Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas and an alumnus of Leadership Dallas Class of 2006.
She received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism, magna cum laude, from Howard University.
She is married to Randy Bowman for over 25 years and they have two children Malcolm Bowman and Rachel Bowman.