Department of Veterans Affairs

Council Member: Sloan D. Gibson, Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs

Webpages: http://www.va.gov/womenvet, http://www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth/

Council Designee: Elisa Basnight, JD, MPA, Director, Center for Women Veterans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Elisa Basnight, JD, MPA, was appointed Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans in October 2013. In this role, she is the primary advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on programs and issues related to women Veterans.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Basnight, Esquire, served as corporate commercial counsel at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Philadelphia, PA, focusing on general corporate, commercial contracts; small, women, Veterans and minority-owned businesses; and technology, and was an associate with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, NY, where her practice focused primarily on mergers and acquisition in domestic and international markets.

Prior to her legal work, Ms. Basnight served as the Director of Resource Center for Workforce Essentials, Inc. in Clarksville, TN, where she developed and led the conception and implementation of an innovative career development center to assist downsized U.S. Servicemembers with redeployment as Veterans into civilian employment.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Basnight, Esquire, served as corporate commercial counsel at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Philadelphia, PA, focusing on general corporate, commercial contracts; small, women, Veterans and minority-owned businesses; and technology, and was an associate with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, NY, where her practice focused primarily on mergers and acquisition in domestic and international markets. Prior to her legal work, Ms. Basnight served as the Director of Resource Center for Workforce Essentials, Inc. in Clarksville, TN, where she developed and led the conception and implementation of an innovative career development center to assist downsized U.S. Servicemembers with redeployment as Veterans into civilian employment.

Ms. Basnight is also a graduate of Boston University-Brussels, Rutgers Law School-Newark and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government--earning a masters degree in public administration and selected to be a Zuckerman Fellow 2006-2007.

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