Dr. Ann Olivarius
Chair of the Executive Committee

Ann Olivarius has managed complex legal and financial matters for over 20 years.

After first developing her corporate finance skills in the mergers and acquisitions departments of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, Dr. Olivarius' legal career includes service as a legal and strategic financial advisor for Perot Systems and Computer Memories, Inc., devising contracts that became widely used in the software applications industry, and drafting London arbitration rules that have framed international arbitration practice for decades. She was deeply involved in a landmark civil rights case, Alexander v. Yale, and clerked for Marilyn Hall Patel, U.S. District Judge in San Francisco. She was the first CEO and General Counsel of the Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science, whose assets, then valued at $100 million, and scientific programs grew substantially during her tenure. Before founding McAllister Olivarius, she ran the Corporate Department at Shearman & Sterling's Washington, D.C. office.

Dr. Olivarius has been cited by the American Civil Liberties Union on its list of the nine most influential actors in the history of Title IX, the US law prohibiting discrimination at schools and universities. She serves on the boards of GenerationNext! and the National Alliance for Autism Research (U.K.), also known as Autistica. She is also CEO/Chair of the Rhodes Project, which evaluates the careers and life choices of Rhodes Scholars worldwide.

Dr. Olivarius graduated summa cum laude from Yale College. As a Rhodes Scholar, she wrote a prize-winning doctorate in Economics at the University of Oxford, before becoming the first person to complete degrees from both the Yale School of Management and Yale Law School, normally a five-year course, in three years, receiving highest honors. She is licensed to practice law in New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Virginia. She is also a solicitor of England and Wales.

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