She will be responsible for governance reviews and ensuring that clients remain compliant with the laws and regulations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Previously, she was a sole practitioner who advised educational organizations, government bodies and private corporations. Powell was responsible for negotiating agreements for high-tech software corporations and contracts involving intellectual property issues.
Powell has concentrated on matters involving interpreting government regulations, and defining and interpreting copyright issues. She has successfully led a number of boards.
Powell holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester and a law degree from the Albany Law School of Union University. She holds a certificate of international law from the University of Notre Dame, London Law Center, and has studied negotiations, mediation and arbitration at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations, as well as statistics and international studies, specializing in the Republic of China, and educational policy and research methods at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.