Ruth Atherton, PhD, JD

Dr. Atherton serves as Chief Legal Officer for The Commons Project Foundation. Previously, she served as Deputy General Counsel for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to the Gates Foundation, Dr. Atherton served as in-house Sr. Corporate & IP litigation at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto. She holds a Ph.D in Cell & Molecular Biology and a J.D. from  Fordam Law.