Gail Aidinoff Scovell

Gail Aidinoff Scovell is an attorney and advisor specializing in nonprofit law, governance and international operations. She previously served as General Counsel and Secretary of the Open Society Foundations, the largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance and human rights. Before joining Open Society, she served as Counsel to the President of Hunter College, City University of New York, where she also served as Campus Ethics Officer and as Labor Designee. Prior to that, she was General Counsel of the Guggenheim Museum. Gail began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima and then as a tax associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton where she also served as pro bono counsel to organizations involved in education, housing, and environmental conservation. She also served as the Cleary Gottlieb staff attorney at the Community Development Legal Assistance Center. In addition to serving on the board of PILnet, Gail currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Tax Reform Project and is a member of the Nonprofit Forum and the Leadership Council of IOBY (In Our Back Yard). She has previously served on the Advisory Board of the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, the Nonprofit Organizations Committee and the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and the Steering Committee for ALI-ABA Course of Study, Legal Problems in Museum Administration. Gail graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.