ChIPs, the nonprofit corporation that advances women in technology, law and policy, announced late last week that the Honorable Michelle K. Lee, has re-joined the board of directors.
The board at its last quarterly meeting unanimously voted to approve Lee, a founding member of ChIPs, for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
Ms Lee’s appointment follows her return to the Bay Area after several years in public service, starting with her role founding the patent office’s landmark Silicon Valley satellite office and then her appointment as Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
After stepping down from the PTO in June, Lee began volunteering with ChIPs, the organization she helped found more than a decade ago when she was Deputy General Counsel at Google. “I am honored and excited to rejoin the board of ChIPs, an organization I had the privilege of co-founding in 2005,” Lee said. “Our mission was simple — to connect and promote the advancement of women in technology, law and policy with the goal of accelerating innovation at the confluence of these fields. The work of ChIPs is just as important today as it was when we founded the organization almost 13 years ago, and I am glad to be a part of this effort.”
“We are delighted that Michelle is rejoining the board after five years serving our country and furthering innovation,” said , ChIPs co-founder, board director and CEO. “She brings with her a unique global perspective and keen understanding of the critical intersectionality of cutting-edge technologies and governmental policy.”