Brandon M. Fitzgerald leads the Legal Department. He is responsible for the full range of functions handled by the Department including governance, compliance with U.S. and international legal requirements, risk management, contracts, trademarks, exempt organization tax law, sponsorship and fundraising matters, litigation, and accreditation of Special Olympics Programs.
He began his career in private practice by working at several large law firms—including Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. During his time in private practice, he focused on transactions, securities, and corporate governance.
Fitzgerald served as in-house counsel at both Choice Hotels and US Foods. In those organizations he practiced in an array of areas including governance, compliance, treasury and finance, advertising, global trademark management, and information technology. He then became Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association—a nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of diversity in the legal profession. He handled all legal matters at MCCA.
Subsequently, Fitzgerald worked almost eight years at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF)—the largest and most effective U.S. nonprofit dedicated to the college education of underserved populations. He served as Associate General Counsel and was responsible for a wide portfolio which included governance, contracts, tax, trademarks, grants, and privacy. Fitzgerald helped spearhead an effort to reassess UNCF’s governance structure
Fitzgerald is active in the in-house bar. He serves as the Membership Chair for the Nonprofit Organizations Network of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and as one of the Co-Chairs of the Corporate Scholars Program for the National Capital Region Chapter of the ACC (ACC NCR). Since its inception in 2003, the Corporate Scholars Program has provided summer internships and awarded over $1.85M in stipends to almost 200 diverse law students. ACC NCR recognized him in 2019 for his service to the chapter.
Fitzgerald received a B.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Global Leadership Team
Timothy Shriver, Ph.D
Chairman of the Board
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer
Dimitri A Christakis, MD, MPH
Chief Health Officer
Chief Inspiration Officer
John Dow, Ph.D
Chief, Regional & Program Operations
Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Chief of Staff to the Office of the Chairman
Brandon M. Fitzgerald
Chief Legal Officer; Secretary, Board of Directors
Chief of Health Operations
Jacqueline Jodl, Ph.D
Chief, Global Youth and Education
Senior Vice President, Leadership & Organizational Development
Chief of Sport and Competition
Chief Marketing, Communications & Development Officer