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  Name:   Ms. Patricia L. Irvin
Month: October 2005
Schools: Princeton, AB 1976, summa cum laude
Harvard JD 1979
Organization: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Title: Vice President of Operations and Planning

Patricia L. Irvin is Vice President for Operations and Planning of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her principal duties include oversight of information technology, real estate and facilities, communications and publications, benefits and human resources. In addition, working with the Foundation's President, Irvin has primary responsibility for the Foundation's planning. In this capacity, she provides leadership in considering organizational issues, staffing, and the Foundation's relationships with Ithaka, JSTOR, ARTstor, and their related entities.

Irvin earned her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1979 and a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1976.

Irvin began her career at the Wall Street law firm, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York City. She was a partner in the Corporate Department, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. After 14 years at Milbank, Irvin joined the Clinton Administration, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense until 1996. Prior to joining the Foundation, Irvin was a partner at the Washington law firm, Shaw Pittman, and then Executive Vice President and General Counsel of New Urban Entertainment Television.

Irvin currently serves on the Board of Immigration & Refugee Services of America and on the Advisory Committee of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch. In 1992-93 she was a member of the Clinton/Gore Presidential Transition Team. Irvin also served as a trustee of Princeton University and Cooper Union, as well as on the Boards of Directors of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and the Legal Aid Society in New York City. She currently serves on the Princeton Prize Committee and on the Steering Committee of the Princeton Women in Leadership initiative.

Irvin is a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is admitted to the New York and Washington, DC, Bars.



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