Karyn Smith

Karyn Smith

Class of 2019

Karyn has spent her career working with and for high growth companies, including as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) from 2014 to 2022. During her time at Twilio, Karyn built the legal team from one person when she joined to more than 140 attorneys and legal professionals, supporting Twilio’s growth to a global organization with nearly $3B in revenue and 7,500 employees. Karyn also led Twilio’s Trust and Security team for several years, and served as interim Chief People Officer during Twilio’s first year as a public company.

Prior to Twilio, Karyn was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA), an online game company, where she oversaw all corporate and
commercial matters and led Zynga through its $1B IPO in 2011. Prior to Zynga, Karyn was a partner of Cooley LLP, an AmLaw 100 firm, where she represented emerging growth companies at all stages of growth, from formation through liquidity event and beyond, with a particular specialty in IPOs, guiding dozens of companies through public offerings.

Karyn currently sits on the boards of Icertis, a leading contract lifecycle management company; Halcyon, a non-profit incubator that supports impact-driven businesses with a mission to drive equity and inclusivity in the workplace and society; and Digital Green Foundation, a global development organization working to create a world where farmers use technology and data to build prosperous communities. She is also a member of The Economic Club of Washington, DC, and a founding member of The House at 1229, and previously sat on the boards of the Business Software Alliance and USTelecom.

Karyn earned her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and her JD cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Karyn is mother to two grown daughters and splits her time between her home in Washington, D.C. and the family farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.