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Eleanor D. "Eldie" Acheson, Chair

Eldie is the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Amtrak.  Previously, Eldie was a partner of the Boston-based law firm Ropes & Gray, where her practice included federal and state employment and environmental litigation, patent and antitrust cases and tax, business and civil rights litigation. From 1993 to 2001, Eldie served as Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, where her primary responsibilities included managing the Department's role in President Clinton’s judicial nominations process and managing the Department’s policy office.  She has also served as the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Eldie is a graduate of Wellesley College and the George Washington University Law School, and she was a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Edward T. Gignoux in Maine.