Georgia Yuan is a governance expert and executive coach with AGB and search consultant with AGB Search whose experience and wisdom is derived from over 20 years as chief legal and policy advisor to presidents and administrators in higher education and the federal government. A strategic thinker and mentor, she is known as a professional with integrity, ability, creativity, and judgment.
Ms. Yuan served as deputy undersecretary and deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education from 2010-2013. Prior to joining the federal government, she was the general counsel and secretary to the corporation of Smith College in Massachusetts and the former general counsel at the University of Idaho. In these roles she developed a deep understanding of systems and organizations and the ways in which leaders and managers approach the challenges of complex institutions in state and federal government as well as in private nonprofit settings.
Ms. Yuan’s understanding of governance challenges comes from years of professional service to boards and from serving as a board member of several higher education-related institutions. She is a member of the board of trustees of Oberlin College and has served on the board of HERS, Inc. a nonprofit dedicated to professional development for women in higher education. She served as chair of the board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys in 2006-07, following seven years on the board. The association recognized her with the Distinguished Service Award in 2010 and the Life Member Award in 2016. The Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities tapped her as a commissioner to serve on the National Commission on College and University Board Governance, which published “Consequential Boards: Adding Value Where It Matters Most,” in 2014.
Ms. Yuan has a BA from Oberlin College, an MS from Stanford University, and a JD from the University of Idaho, which awarded her the College of Law Faculty Award of Legal Merit in 2014. She also holds a leadership coaching certificate from the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership.