Wendy Shiba

Wendy Shiba

Class of 2007

Wendy Shiba is a retired C-level executive who served as an executive officer of three NYSE-listed companies (Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of KB Home; Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary of PolyOne Corporation; and Vice President, Secretary & Assistant General Counsel of Bowater Incorporated). She is a past board member of Bowater Canada Inc., which traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Her core experience is in corporate and board governance, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, SEC disclosure, compliance, risk management, executive compensation, and antitrust. She has had managerial and budgetary responsibility for Compliance and Risk Management; Environmental, Health and Safety; Government and Public Affairs; Internal Audit; Legal; and Product Stewardship. Her industry experience includes construction and global manufacturing (specialty chemicals and polymers; forest products, pulp and paper) in multiple geographies including North America, Europe, and Asia.

Earlier in her career, Wendy was Corporate Chair of the City of Philadelphia Law Department, a tenured Associate Professor of Law at Temple University School of Law, in private practice with O’Melveny & Myers, and law clerk to Justice Stanley Mosk on the Supreme Court of California.

Wendy is a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates and the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative, and was a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission. She serves on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for the Japanese American National Museum, is a Past President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and was a gubernatorial appointee to the South Carolina Board of Accountancy. She has held board and leadership positions with numerous professional and nonprofit organizations.

Wendy received the Warren Christopher Values Award from O’Melveny & Myers (2019), ABA TIPS Liberty Achievement Award, sponsored by Thomson Reuters (2016), ABA Spirit of Excellence Award (2014), Corporate Counsel Women of Color’s Diamond Award (2014), NAPABA Trailblazer Award (2009), and the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award (2007). In 2010, she was recognized as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in California. She is a frequent speaker on topics including corporate and board governance, women’s leadership, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession, and she has delivered board training to numerous nonprofit and professional association boards.

Wendy earned her B.S. from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law, where she graduated first in her class and was Articles Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. She is married to Lawrence Pittman and they live in Altadena, CA.