Jamie Lewis Keith


Jamie Lewis Keith, based in Boston, is a Partner at EducationCounsel concentrating on higher education and brings the depth of experience of a 33-year career, with over 18 years leading legal and policy functions in private and public institutions of higher education. Jamie was previously Vice President, General Counsel and University Secretary at University of Florida, and Senior Counsel, as well as Managing Director for Environmental Programs and Risk Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Earlier in her career, Jamie was in private practice in a large Boston and international law firm and General Counsel and Assistant Commissioner of a Massachusetts agency. Jamie graduated from Cornell University, and Boston University School of Law, magnum cum laude; she clerked for the late Honorable Bailey Aldrich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Jamie has been a leader and done extensive national work on issues of equity, access-diversity-inclusion, quality and openness of higher education and research, and research policy. She served on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) advisory board for the Center to Build Capacity in Science and Engineering for 14 years, co-directed the AAAS Diversity and the Law Project with AAAS colleagues, and is advising the AAAS SEA Change project to measurably advance diversity through a LEED-like certification system. Jamie has served on the College Board's advisory council for the Access and Diversity Collaborative for 14 years. She served for 10 years on the Association of American Universities (AAU) legal committee of less than a dozen general counsels from North America's premier research universities, and for 3 years on AAU's Biomedical Research Strategy and Policy Task Force. Jamie served on the Council On Governmental Relations governing board for two terms. She has been an author and frequent speaker for leading higher education organizations on wide-ranging topics, including access and diversity, First Amendment-academic freedom-inclusion, sexual harassment, research policy, enterprise risk management and compliance systems.