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Alethia Nancoo Becomes 1st Black Woman Board Member of Global Law Firm

Alethia Nancoo Becomes 1st Black Woman Board Member of Global Law Firm

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Alethia Nancoo, a Washington, D.C.-based partner at the influential law firm Squire Patton Boggs, is taking a historic seat at the global table as its first Black woman board member.


Currently serving as co-chair of the firm's global inclusion and diversity committee, Nancoo now joins the 12-personal board as its seventh diverse member.


In her personal practice, Nancoo concentrates on public, private and project debt finance, with particular emphasis on capital markets, infrastructure construction, airport, toll road and surface transportation, mixed-use multifamily housing, and water and sewer utility sectors. According to JD Journal, she has also been a part of all phases of P3 and special and general obligation bond financings.


Nancoo's clients include public and private issuers, non-profit organizations and investment banking institutions in the US and Caribbean. Some of her most noteworthy projects reportedly include the Nassau International Airport, Miami International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.


She is the recipient of the 2020 Minority Business Leader Award, bestowed upon her by the Washington Business Journal, and she has been named to Squire Patton Boggs' global board alongside Tokyo office managing partner Ken Kurosu.


While announcing the moves, Squire Patton Boggs’ chair and global CEO Mark Ruehlmann said: “As the firm has grown over the years, we have been fortunate to have a historically strong and diverse board as a key component of our overall governance structure in place to effectively guide the strategic direction of the organization. We continue that tradition with the appointments of Ken and Alethia. They both are respected leaders and exceptional practitioners with a global outlook that reflects the reach of our firm.”


Nancoo's parents are first-generation Americans; her mother is from Jamaica, and her father is from Trinidad. She is proud of them and the strong example they set for her and her siblings.


"My parents came to this country expecting the American dream. They didn’t have an education. They can look at me and my siblings and see the fruits of their labor," Nancoo told The Washingtonian.


A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Nancoo joined Squire Patton Boggs from Edwards Wildman Palmer in 2013. Before Edwards, she worked at Hogan Lovells for 15 years, including seven years as a partner.