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Mary Snapp

Mary Snapp

Microsoft Corporation
Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, LCA Business Development and Evangelism
Redmond, WA, USA


Mary Snapp is Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the Business Development and Evangelism Group (BD&E) in Microsoft's Law and Corporate Affairs department.

Mary leads the legal work for the team responsible for the company’s business development, strategic partnerships, developer relationships, and corporate strategy.  This includes complex commercial transactions as well as the relationship management of Microsoft’s partners.

A 25-year veteran of Microsoft, Mary joined the company in 1988 as Microsoft’s first female attorney. Prior to her current role, she for many years led the Products & Services Group, which provides legal support to Microsoft’s engineering, marketing and research teams.  She led teams engaged in commercial transactions and acquisitions, and counseling on matters such as intellectual property, privacy, competition law and regulatory compliance as related to the design, development, and distribution of hardware devices, software and services.

Before joining Microsoft, Mary was an attorney with the Seattle law firm now known as K&L Gates.   Mary began her career in public relations at General Motors’ corporate headquarters. She graduated from the University Of Michigan School Of Law, where she was Articles Editor for their Journal of International Law. She also holds an MBA from Wayne State University and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.

Mary is the recent past chair of the board of directors of Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She has served as executive sponsor of Legal and Corporate Affairs' diversity and inclusion efforts since 2002, overseeing the development of the department's diversity strategy and leadership team. Under Mary's leadership, the department developed a structured diversity team that has grown to over 70 employee volunteers driving initiatives in support of Microsoft's diversity and inclusion strategy.  She is also the executive sponsor of the department’s pro bono initiatives.

Mary is a frequent presenter on issues of diversity, privacy, and intellectual property licensing. She has been active as a community volunteer and on the board of directors in a number of human services and arts non-profit organizations over many years in the Puget Sound region. Mary currently serves on the board of directors for KCTS 9 Public Television, the YWCA of Seattle, King and Snohomish County and is a board member, and recent past chair, of ArtsFund.  She also serves on the campaign advisory committee for Ryther Child Center and the University of Michigan Law School Advisory Council.

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