Kim Keenan (F'83)

Kim Keenan is the executive vice president of marketing & research and general counsel for Odyssey Media, where she focuses on strategic marketing and branding for Fortune 500 companies. She also serves as the first female co-chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations working to ensure every American has access to broadband Internet. She has a special interest in privacy and tech policy.

Previously, she served as the president and CEO of Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council; a non-profit with the mission of improving access and diversity in the telecom industry. Prior to taking the helm at MMTC, Keenan served as the ninth general counsel and secretary of the NAACP– the oldest, the largest and most recognized grassroots civil rights organization in the world. She is the longest serving female general counsel in the 110-year history of the NAACP and solicited more than $1M in pro bono legal services for the organization during her tenure.

She is a past president of the District of Columbia Bar and the 60,000+ member National Bar Association, the largest coalition of African American lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students.

The American Bar Association designated Keenan as a “Rebel In The Law,” and in 2019, the University of Virginia named her as a “Change Agent.” She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NAACP Medgar Evers Award for Excellence, the Charging Buffalo Award from the New York Society, the Distinguished Civil Rights Advocate Award from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Women’s Bar Association. Keenan has appeared on Fox News, CNN, and News One Now.

Keenan will be featured on the panel entitled Tech Talk: How Emerging Technologies Are Shaping Our World with David Graff (L'95), Alyssa Harvey Dawson (L'96), and Curtis White (L'71).