Therese M. Leone

Chief Laboratory Counsel

Therese M. Leone began serving as Chief Laboratory Counsel for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in July 2021.

Immediately prior to joining UCB, she was Vice President and General Counsel at Mills College in Oakland, California where she was a member of the College's executive leadership team. In her role she oversaw all legal matters and also was counsel to the Mills Board of Trustees. Therese also worked as University Counsel for the Regents of the University of California for almost six years. In that role she provided labor and employment advice/counseling regarding faculty, staff and student employees to leadership at the 10 campuses and 5 medical centers in the UC system. Therese also served as Chief Campus Counsel for UC Merced. Before joining the University of California, Therese worked as a labor and employment attorney for Littler Mendelson, P.C. and Hanson Bridgett.

Therese currently serves on the NACUA Board of Trustees, and is Chair of the Committee on Membership and Member Services.  She is that committee's representative to the Board Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusivity. In the past she served as Vice Chair for the Committee on Membership and Member Services, on the NACUA Committee on Program for the Annual Conference and on the Board Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusivity. She also has been a presenter at several annual conferences.

Therese recently completed a three year appointment to the State Bar of California, Council on Access and Fairness and is a member of the California Law Academy Strategic Task Force (CLAS). She has served on the Labor and Employment Committee for the National Bar Association, as a Board member for the Alameda County Community Food Bank and worked with the California Minority Counsel program.

Therese received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).