Alison Lauren Moore, Esq.
Managing Director, Associate General Counsel
JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York, N.Y.
When Harvard University history professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said, “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” Alison Lauren Moore made that statement her personal mantra. It encourages her to resist oppressive societal norms of how a woman should behave. “Being the nice, docile woman doesn’t get me the personal and professional accomplishments that I want for my life, that motivates me to take risks,” says Moore, “In order to get big rewards, you have to take big risks.”
Moore took a big risk in 2008 when she approached JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon at a breakfast honoring him. She explains, “During his speech, he said, ‘If you have ever been interested in working for a dynamic place with dynamic people, then come talk to me.’ As soon as he came off the stage, I walked up to him and introduced myself. After a number of conversations, and meetings, I was offered my current job.” She is a managing director and associate general counsel at the firm, overseeing six attorneys and serving as a senior legal adviser in its Corporate and Investment Bank. Previously, she was a transactional attorney in private practice at several large law firms in New York.
Moore received a bachelor’s degree in sociology, with honors, from Harvard University, and a law degree from Columbia Law School. She is a board member of the Adams Street Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice High School in Brooklyn, New York, serves on the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of New York City, and mentors early career professionals, law students and college students. “I have a deep appreciation for all of the benevolent people who volunteered their time to give me opportunities throughout my life. Therefore, I am deeply committed to helping people, particularly inner-city youth of color,” she says. “This is the reason why my nonprofit activities are activities I gladly give my time to.”