Lucy Lee Helm has been a partner (employee) at Starbucks for more than 13 years. Her May 2012 appointment as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary came after serving as interim general counsel. In her role, she leads the global Law & Corporate Affairs department, including 190 legal and compliance partners (employees) in 14 offices around the world. She also serves as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team and supports the company’s Board of Directors. In addition to her work at Starbucks, she is a member of the board of directors of the global humanitarian agency MercyCorps. She is also a board member of the Washington YMCA Youth & Government Program, where she served as chair for six years; and of Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit disability law center in Berkeley, CA. She serves as the co-chair for the 2013-14 Campaign for Equal Justice and is an active volunteer with Parkview Services, a Seattle-based non-profit organization providing housing and other services to persons with disabilities. Prior to joining Starbucks, she was a principal at Riddell Williams P.S. in Seattle, where she was a trial lawyer specializing in commercial, insurance coverage and environmental litigation. She received her BA in political science, with highest honors, from the University of Louisville and is a cum laude graduate of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.
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