NJ LEEP announced that C. Allen Parker, interim chief executive officer and president of Wells Fargo, will be honored at its annual Leadership in Diversity Gala at the Westin in Jersey City on May 29.
The event, which celebrates NJ LEEP’s academic success and its essential partnerships with law firms and corporate counsels, will also feature several NJ LEEP students, including two graduating seniors who will serve as emcees for the evening. Faneeza Ali, the first NJ LEEP alum to graduate from law school, will deliver opening remarks.
NJ LEEP says Parker has shown remarkable leadership skills and a commitment to diversity during his entire career. He assumed his current position at Wells Fargo in March 2019 after serving as senior executive vice president and general counsel.
Parker joined Wells Fargo in 2017 from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he was presiding partner from 2013 to 2016, responsible for the development of firm-wide strategy and day-to-day leadership. Among the many posts Parker held at Cravath, which has been a longtime supporter of NJ LEEP, he was chair of the diversity committee from January 2007 until his departure.
Parker earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York City.
Past NJ LEEP Leadership in Diversity honorees have included Anne Madden of Honeywell, Craig Silliman of Verizon, Greg Palm of Goldman Sachs, Susan Blount of Prudential, and the Barclays legal department.
Based in Newark, the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project helps students graduate from high school, attend and graduate from colleges, and begin careers.