Rachel Brand is Walmart’s executive vice president of global governance, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. As the leader of the global governance organization, she has oversight of the company’s global legal, compliance, ethics, security, investigative and aviation functions.
Prior to joining Walmart, Rachel served as the United States Associate Attorney General, the third-ranking position in the U.S. Department of Justice. She holds the distinction of being the first woman to serve as Associate Attorney General. In that role, she oversaw the thousands of attorneys and professionals in the department’s civil litigating divisions, including Antitrust, Tax, Environment and Natural Resources, and Civil Rights; the department’s research and grant-making offices; and the bankruptcy trustees, among others.
She has held a number of other key roles in government, starting when she clerked on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States. Rachel served as Associate Counsel to the President at the White House and as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy in President George W. Bush’s administration. In 2012, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
Outside of government, she served as vice president and chief counsel for regulatory litigation at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as a lawyer in private practice in Washington, D.C.
Rachel earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.