Patricia Vaughan joined the Population Council in 1997 as general counsel and was appointed corporate secretary in 2006. She manages the Council’s legal and regulatory affairs, ensuring that the organization complies with all relevant guidelines and regulations in the conduct of its research and programs around the world. She also helps manage the Council’s business relationships with the pharmaceutical industry. Her substantive areas of practice include intellectual property, licensing, contracts, employment, integrity of research, and not-for-profit, international, and corporate governance.
Before joining the Council, Vaughan was in private practice in New York City and served as general counsel of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.
Vaughan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct lecturer at the State University of New York at Purchase. She helped found and is chair of the board of directors of Solutions for Innovative Policies, Programs and Technologies, NPC, a nongovernmental organization in Johannesburg, South Africa; a member of the board of directors of the African Population and Health Research Center, based in Nairobi, Kenya; and an advisor to the International Contraceptive Access Foundation, Turku, Finland. Vaughan also is a member of the board and chair of the nominating committee of Literacy Volunteers of Westchester and Rockland Counties, New York, and a trustee of the South Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Maplewood, New Jersey.
Vaughan received her AB in public and international affairs from Princeton University and her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.