Leadership
Our executive leadership team and board of directors are dedicated to making a major impact on postsecondary access and participation, facilitating successful student loan repayment and closing the nation's middle-skills gap.

Roberta Cooper Ramo (Emeritus)

A graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of Colorado, Roberta Cooper Ramo earned her law degree from the University of Chicago. She has received six honorary degrees. She is a partner with New Mexico's largest law firm—Modrall Sperling, P.A. Mrs. Ramo concentrates her practice in the areas of mediation, arbitration, business law, real estate, probate and estate planning. She has particular expertise in working with large institutional and corporate entities in strategic planning and governance.

Mrs. Ramo has been the president of the American Law Institute since May 2008. She is the first woman to serve as president. Mrs. Ramo is on the board of the Santa Fe Opera and is chair of the board of Think New Mexico, a bipartisan think tank. She is also an independent director of BlackRock Mutual Funds. She served on the New Mexico State Board of Finance from 2003-2009.

In 1995, Mrs. Ramo became president of the American Bar Association, the first woman in history to head the world's largest organization of attorneys.

Mrs. Ramo was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. Mrs. Ramo also served on the five-member commission appointed by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) chaired by George Mitchell, which has made recommendations for reformation of the USOC. She was then appointed by Senator John McCain to co-chair a committee to reform governance of the International Olympic Committee.

Mrs. Ramo is a nationally recognized speaker. She has spoken at the White House, at national professional meetings, and at hundreds of national organizations and forums, including the Detroit Economic Club, the Cleveland City Club and the Houston Club. She has been invited to speak throughout the world—in Paris, London and Beijing—and at many commencements, including Yale Law School and the University of Michigan Law School. In 1997, she was the Schwartz Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. She was invited by the Chinese government to lead a team to Beijing to demonstrate an American criminal jury trial and civil trial.

Mrs. Ramo is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is recognized in Who's Who in America. She served for six years on the University of New Mexico's board of regents and was president of the board for two years. During her tenure she led the university in establishing a science and technology corporation. In 1993, she received the Governor's Distinguished Public Service Award for community service in New Mexico. In 2000, Mrs. Ramo was made an honorary member of the Bar of England and Wales and of Gray's Inn. In August 2015, she received the American Bar Association medal.