Natalie Kernisant

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer | New York | (212) 336-4352
(212) 336-4352

Natalie Kernisant is Morrison & Foerster’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

Natalie provides strategic leadership to advance recruiting and retention of diverse talent at the firm, as well as providing client development support in the area of diversity and inclusion. She works closely with the firm’s Diversity Strategy Committee co-chairs Purvi Patel, Mark Whitaker, and Tony Carbone, and Women’s Strategy Committee co-chairs Carrie Cohen and Stacey Sprenkel.

Natalie joined Morrison & Foerster in November 2013. She was appointed to the newly created role of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in December 2020, having previously served as the firm’s Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Natalie served as Human Resources Manager for Risk Management within Global Banking and Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Before that, she practiced trademark and copyright law and then served as the Special Projects Manager in the Office of Institutional Policy & Planning at Harvard Medical School overseeing the school’s 2011 accreditation process.

In 2021, Natalie was named by Crain’s New York Business to its list of Notable Black Leaders & Executives 2021. The special section recognizes black men and women who have impacted New York City in major ways and sets out to honor their professional, civic, and philanthropic achievements.

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