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Kaley Karaffa

Head of Board Advisory, Americas, NASDAQ

Kaley Childs Karaffa is the Head of Board Advisory, Americas for Nasdaq. She advises boards on corporate governance, CEO performance, strategy, ESG, and compliance and risk matters. Kaley works with public, private, and nonprofit corporations in a wide range of industries globally. Prior to Nasdaq’s acquisition of Center for Board Excellence (CBE) in October 2019, Kaley was CBE’s Vice President, Client Services, Business Development & Legal from September 2015 through 2019. Prior to joining CBE, Kaley served as General Counsel of Clarolux. Before beginning an in-house practice, she practiced law in New York City with a focus in real estate, banking law, and litigation. Kaley served as Program Director of Jefferson County Teen Court prior to attending law school. 

Kaley serves on the Board of Directors of Horizon Education, as Board Chair of the Northside Charter High School in Brooklyn, NY, on the patient advisory board for a privately held pharmaceutical company, and as Co-Chair of the Fred Hutchison Cancer Center Patient  Advisory Board and member of the Patient Safety Committee. She served as Co-Chair of the CLE Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section from 2015 through 2017. Kaley founded and served on the Board of Directors of YP Civitan of Greensboro from 2013 through 2016. Kaley volunteers with many leading civic and philanthropic organizations. 

She publishes articles and speaks publicly on corporate governance topics with many leading governance and business organizations, including Corporate Board Member, Competent Boards, Society for Corporate Governance, TechGC, Equilar, and Wall Street Journal, among others. Kaley received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Political Science from Samford University and a Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

Kaley Karaffa

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