Preeta D. Bansal was most recently Global General Counsel for HSBC Holdings PLC. Prior to this Preeta was the General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the White House at the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President from 2009 to 2011. In that capacity, she was also a government member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, serving as Vice Chair from 2010 until 2011. Following her departure from government in 2011, President Obama appointed her as a public, nongovernmental member of the governing Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a public-private partnership designed to make government work better. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Preeta was a Partner and Head of the Appellate Litigation Practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP in New York City. She also served as the Solicitor General of the State of New York from 1999-2001, where she helped supervise 600 attorneys in the New York Attorney General's office.
While in private practice from 2003-2009, Preeta served as a Commissioner of the bipartisan United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, serving as Chair in 2004-2005. Raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Preeta was a Visiting Professor of constitutional law and federalism at the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2002-2003. Earlier in her career, she was a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court, counselor in the United States Department of Justice, and a Special Counsel in the Office of the White House Counsel.
Preeta received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and an A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard-Radcliffe College. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the 2009 class of Henry Crown Fellows at The Aspen Institute.more » « less