Traevena Byrd is Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary for American University. She serves as a member of the president's cabinet and as chief legal advisor to the university's executive officers and board. In the role of General Counsel, she coordinates all legal services for the university and manages the team of lawyers and administrative professionals who serve in the Office of General Counsel. As Secretary to the Board of Trustees, she oversees board operations, maintains meeting minutes, and serves as the custodian of board records and the corporate seal. She has previously worked as Vice President and General Counsel at Towson University in Maryland; a Title IX coordinator, EEO investigator, and associate general counsel at Ithaca College in New York; and as an adjunct faculty member teaching civil rights and social justice. Traevena is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she received both her Bachelor of Arts in African American World Studies with honors and her law degree.
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