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Eve Runyon, Esq.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Pro Bono Institute

Eve Runyon is the president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute. Runyon first joined PBI in 2005 to lead Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), PBI’s partnerships project with the Association of Corporate Counsel. Under Runyon’s leadership, CPBO designed and implemented innovative initiatives to expand the commitment to pro bono across in-house law departments to include, among other things, the Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® initiative and support for broader multijurisdictional practice pro bono rules applicable to in-house pro bono.  In connection with multijurisdictional practice, Runyon served on the Advisory Committee on Pro Bono Service by In-House Counsel in New York State and has spoken on the topic at numerous access to justice summits as well as before the Conference of Chief Justices and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Runyon has traveled throughout the U.S. discussing strategies for initiating and sustaining in-house pro bono and improving access to justice.

Before joining CPBO, Runyon worked for more than five years as a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom in Washington, D.C., where she represented major U.S. electric, gas, and pipeline companies in matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and federal and state courts. While at Skadden, she participated in the Skadden Loaned Associate program, a seven-month externship program with Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. At Legal Aid, she served as lead counsel in child custody, child support, domestic violence, landlord tenant, housing, and public benefits cases.

Runyon graduated from the University of Virginia and Yale Law School.


Shannon A. Graving, Esq.
Assistant Director, Corporate Pro Bono

Shannon Graving is the assistant project director of Corporate Pro Bono. Before joining CPBO, Graving worked for more than nine years as a lawyer at Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the firm’s partnership with The List Project, a nonprofit that works to help Iraqis imperiled due to their work with the U.S. In addition, she represented clients in mergers and acquisitions, D&O insurance, and general corporate matters. Graving graduated from Wellesley College and Georgetown University Law Center. In addition to being passionate about pro bono, Graving is also dedicated to women’s issues and serves on the advisory board for the National Women’s History Museum.


Virginia Lyon
Project Assistant, Corporate Pro Bono

Virginia Lyon is the project assistant for Corporate Pro Bono. Prior to joining CPBO in April 2016, she was a development intern with the American Islamic Congress, a non-profit that works to promote civil and human rights. While at AIC, Lyon identified potential donors, drafted grant proposals, and wrote articles for the company blog.  She graduated with honors from American University, where she studied Peace and Conflict Resolution and Arabic.



Jennifer Chen
Foundation Director
Association of Corporate Counsel



Eve L. Runyon, Esq.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pro Bono Institute