Malissia R. Clinton
Class of 2019
Malissia Clinton is an executive with considerable board experience and over 25 years of practice across multiple industries, including defense, aerospace, intelligence, advanced technologies and health care. Clinton is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Los Angeles-based The Aerospace Corporation, the preeminent DoD advisor for the space enterprise. At Aerospace, Clinton serves as a strategic partner to the C-Suite on a broad range of transactional and governance issues. She is cleared at the TOP SECRET/Sensitive Compartmented Information level. Clinton also serves on the board of 3D Systems, a leading additive manufacturing solutions company, and is the chair of the compliance committee of 3D Systems.
Clinton has specific expertise in ethics and compliance with an emphasis on consent decrees and administrative agreements. Clinton was named the Nonprofit Leader in Law of the Year (2020) by Los Angeles Business Journal.
Clinton has significant board experience at both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She served on the board of BTL Machine, a privately-held company that did CNC manufacturing for Boeing and other aerospace contractors for nearly three decades, helping them resolve a significant compliance issue. Since 2016, she has served on the board of City of Hope, a leading independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. She also serves on the boards of Progyny, and the Arizona State University Foundation.
In her role at The Aerospace Corporation, Clinton provides leadership and oversight to the senior management team on issues related to compliance, strategy, ethics, mission and culture. Clinton acts as a consigliere to the board of trustees and its committees facilitating communications with the executive team and helping the board guide the Company’s strategy. She reports to the audit committee quarterly and is the management liaison for the governance and nominating committee responsible for identifying board candidates, vetting conflicts-of-interest, and ensuring the board is compliant with its fiduciary duties. From 1998 to 2009, Clinton served in multiple management positions at Northrop Grumman, rising through the leadership ranks to become senior counsel for special projects in the Office of the General Counsel.
From 1993 to 1998, Clinton worked at the law firm Tuttle and Taylor. Clinton, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in political science from Arizona State University. She earned her J.D. at Stanford Law School, where she was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. She is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School’s Executive Program in Business Management.