Key Staff

Patricia C. Vaughan

General Counsel and Secretary

New York, New York
Patricia C. Vaughan

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 laws and standards in the conduct of its research and operations 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 active in a number of international and domestic organizations that are engaged in health, education, and development initiatives. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Global Health Council. 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, Nairobi, Kenya; and an advisor to the ICA Foundation, Turku, Finland. Vaughan also is a director of Literacy Solutions NY, Inc., and a director of the TJA Foundation, Stamford, Connecticut. 

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 before the state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey. She also earned a business management certification from New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.