Saidah Grayson, Esq.


Saidah Grayson, Esq.
Director, Employment Legal Services
Cisco Systems, Inc.
San Jose, Calif.
Age: 37

Imagine helping a multimillion-dollar global company to resolve its legal issues every day. That’s the kind of exciting work that Saidah Grayson does in her role as director of employment legal services at Cisco Systems Inc. in San Jose, Calif. The San Francisco Bay-area native is one of three employment lawyers providing advice and counsel and managing employment litigation for the company’s 70,000 global workforce.


Grayson attended Stanford University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public policy. “My time at Stanford and the friendships that I developed have continually propelled me to strive for excellence,” she says. She obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.


In college, Grayson joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and currently serves as president of the sorority’s Rho Delta Omega Chapter in Palo Alto, Calif., supporting such initiatives as providing scholarships for high school students, mentoring middle school students through the sorority’s Emerging Young Leaders Program and health education awareness. She is a board member of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association. “I credit my family with instilling a strong sense of self-confidence and pride that has served me well in all my endeavors in my professional life,” says Grayson.


Grayson previously worked at the international law firms of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She received the “Rising Star” award at the San Francisco Business Times/Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Best Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards ceremony in 2011. “My group of Black women lawyer sister-friends have been instrumental in providing career advice, perspective and inspiration,” she says.


Grayson worked on President Barack Obama’s campaign as a member of Organizing for America’s “Victory Counsel.”  She utilized her legal training as a poll watcher in Nevada, a swing state, during the 2012 presidential election.