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Natalia Delgado’s varied legal and business career includes acting as a senior executive of a public company, a board member of one of the largest transit systems in the world and partner of a nationally-recognized law firm. Ms. Delgado is known for her leadership skills, personal integrity and ability to easily grasp business issues and achieve practical solutions to complex business problems. For seven years, Natalia Delgado was a member of the five-person executive team of Huron Consulting Group Inc. (“Huron”), participating in day-to-day business operations, charting business growth, investor relations and public disclosure.
In her role a chief legal officer of Huron, Ms. Delgado created the legal and corporate governance structures necessary for the business to operate as a public company and to expand nationally and internationally, from a handful of venues to over 15 offices offering services in numerous countries. Moreover, Ms. Delgado acted as the principal compliance officer for the company’s expanding range of consulting offerings. The company grew to provide services to a variety of industries subject to diverse regulatory frameworks and to challenging political and economic environments across the globe, in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Ms. Delgado led the company’s 20-person working group that developed and implemented a Foreign Corrupt Practices (FCPA) prevention program, including the development of internal controls and procedures, both financial and legal, employee training and risk monitoring.
During her tenure at Huron, Ms. Delgado served as the in-house counsel and lead executive in an internal investigation by the audit committee of accounting irregularities that led to a major financial restatement and resulted in a “bet-the-company” litigation.
As a result, she possesses in-depth experience with sensitive internal investigations, as well as an understanding of the roles of the board, the audit committee and the outside auditors in grappling with a financial crisis and a governmental investigation. She successfully and swiftly resolved class action litigation and secured funds for settlement from the insurers under director and officer policies. Prior to joining Huron, Ms. Delgado engaged in the private practice of law for over 20 years as a corporate and securities lawyer, including at Jenner & Block, a nationally-recognized law firm based in Chicago.
Since the beginning of her career, Ms. Delgado has devoted some of her energies to charitable and civic organizations. In particular, she served for five years on the board of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), one of the largest public transit systems in the world, with a work force of over 12,000 employees. At the CTA, she headed the budget and procurement committees. In those capacities, Ms. Delgado sponsored a transparent system for the awarding of contracts to “disadvantaged business enterprises”, which served as a model for the municipal government of Chicago. She also implemented a “managing by objectives” program in order to increase accountability and reduce bureaucracy within the agency.
Ms. Delgado retired from Huron at year-end 2011. She currently directs the Cuba Capacity Building Project at Columbia Law School, an initiative designed to foster the development of the legal institutions necessary for Cuba to transition to a more market-based economy. She continues as well her membership on the board of the National Women’s Law Center, which she joined in 1999, and serves on the advisory board of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago. After recently completing a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Appleseed’s Foundation national board, she has become a board member of its New York chapter.
Ms. Delgado graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and Oberlin College. She is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of French and Portuguese.