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J. May Liang

Board of Governors Member since 2014, Previous Chair from 2019-2022

May Liang is General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer for OpenConcept Systems, Inc., a mobile conference app development company. Previously, Ms. Liang served as General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer for Total Music, LLC a digital entertainment service.


Ms. Liang also served for almost three years as Executive Director of the Epilepsy Therapy Project, a non-profit whose mission is to advance new treatments for epilepsy into the market by funding cutting edge epilepsy research.

Ms. Liang also served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at America Online, Inc. for almost eight years.  Ms. Liang’s areas of expertise included intellectual property, technology licensing, telecommunications and employment law.  Her responsibilities included serving as general counsel to the Netscape Communications and AOL Technologies divisions.  Ms. Liang has also been an associate at Soble & Associates in Washington, D.C., Foulston & Siefkin in Wichita, Kansas and Ware & Freidenrich in Palo Alto, California.

Ms. Liang has also served as a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

Ms. Liang has written numerous articles relating to intellectual property and has frequently spoken on intellectual property and technology licensing issues.  She has bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and political science from Stanford University and her law degree from the University of Michigan.

Ms. Liang is a former Chair of the Board of Governors for the Folger Shakespeare.  She also serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Stanford Law School and Chair of the Development and Alumni Relations Committee for the University of Michigan Law School.  She was a member of the Board of Trustees for Sidwell Friends School and also served as Clerk for its Strategic Plan Committee, Governance Committee, and Audit Committee and also served on the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation, the Children’s Law Center, Children’s Chorus of Washington (where she served as Treasurer for both organizations), the Board of Directors for the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, the Board of Directors for the YMCA-Fairfax County and was a member of the US-Japan Leadership Program Executive Committee and a Fellow of the program.  In addition, Ms. Liang has served on the Stanford University Special Gifts Committee, the Sidwell Friends National Leadership Gift Board and has previously served on the advisory boards of George Washington University’s Virginia Campus and the American Corporate Counsel Association.