A charismatic public speaker and fierce civil rights advocate, Dru Ramey has been a national spokesperson on issues relating to diversity and leadership in the legal profession and greater society for more than 30 years. Known for her dry wit and sharp sense of humor, Dru has the ability to inspire and bring people from diverse backgrounds together to address a common goal.
A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Dru’s legal practice included litigating tri-ethnic employment and school desegregation cases for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Dru has received numerous honors and awards in recognition of the contributions she has made to the legal profession, including the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award – the American Bar Association’s highest honor for women in the profession, the American Jewish Committee’s Learned Hand Award and the National Bar Association’s Wiley Branton Award.
She currently serves as Board Chair of Equal Rights Advocates and sits on the boards of the International Association of Women Judges and the Habeas Corpus Resource Center, which monitors California 743 death row inmates. Dru formerly chaired the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and the ACLU of Northern California.
Dru Ramey focuses her management consulting practice on diversity, public interest law, pro bono legal services, and leadership development. Drawing upon her broad range of nonprofit executive experience, she assists law firms, bar associations, legal non-profits, law schools, and corporate law departments in the development of programs and initiatives that have a positive impact on the legal profession and lead to meaningful institutional change.
Dru was formerly the transformative Executive Director and General Counsel of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and Executive Director of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), and is Dean Emerita of Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law) in San Francisco. As a consultant, she has assisted numerous law firms, non-profits, foundations, and legal advocacy groups in the development and expansion of race, gender, LGBTQ and disability diversity initiatives, as well as working with a wide range of organizations on their pro bono and leadership programs.
While at BASF, Dru developed the largest bar-sponsored diversity and pro bono legal services programs in the U.S. and was co-founder of the California Minority Counsel Program and the San Francisco Unified School District’s Law Academy Program and School to College collaborative, among other ground-breaking initiatives. For an outside perspective on Dru's tenure at BASF see "Exec's exit threatens to lower the bar for city's lawyers," San Francisco Chronicle, April 21, 2001.
At NAWJ, she served as national spokesperson for diversity in the judiciary and legal profession, while doubling the organization’s operating budget and tripling its reserves. As Dean at GGU Law she worked to enhance practical skills training opportunities across the curriculum, while expanding student interest and participation in the Public Interest Law Program and pro bono work and establishing the International Women Judges LLM Fellowship Program.
Over the course of her career, Dru has been a trusted mentor and advisor to non-profit executives, law firm managing partners and diverse partners’ groups, law professors, bar leaders and judges, as well as diverse law students and attorneys. She provides strategic leadership support to those charged with developing and implementing effective programs to drive institutional change, and advises those from historically underrepresented groups seeking to advance in the profession.