about doug chia

A seasoned and respected corporate attorney and governance professional

Douglas K. Chia is the Sole Member and President of Soundboard Governance LLC, a company he formed in 2019, and a Fellow at the Center for Corporate Law and Governance at Rutgers Law School


Until June 2019, Doug was Executive Director of The Conference Board ESG Center.  He continues to contribute to The Conference Board as a Senior Fellow.  Doug is also a Fellow at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, Advisor to Foresight® BoardOps (Corporate Governance Partners, Inc.) and a member of the Advisory Boards of the ESG Professionals Network and PracticalESG.com.


Before joining The Conference Board in 2016, Doug served as Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Johnson & Johnson.  Previously, he served as Assistant General Counsel, Corporate of Tyco International and practiced law at the global firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Clifford Chance, both in New York and Hong Kong. 


Doug has held central leadership positions in the corporate governance field, including Chair of the Board of the Society for Corporate Governance, President of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York, and member of the New York Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Commission.  He is currently a member of the Society for Governance ProfessionalsCorporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association, American Law InstituteNational Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders.  Doug has also received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in corporate governance. 

A nationally-recognized governance expert, Doug has spoken at major conferences and seminars across the United States throughout his career and has frequently appeared in the news media, including CNN, NPR Marketplace, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and The New Yorker


Doug received an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and a J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and their four children.  Doug is a Trustee of the Historical Society of Princeton


  • American Law Institute (present)

  • American Bar Association, Corporate Laws Committee (present)

  • Society for Corporate Governance, New York Chapter Advisory Committee (present)

  • Broadridge Financial Solutions, Investor Communication Services Steering Committee (2007-2014)

  • New Jersey State Governor’s Commission on New Americans (2010-2012)

  • New York Stock Exchange, Commission on Corporate Governance (2009-2010)



  • Chairman, Governance Committee, Historical Society of Princeton (present)

  • Chairman, Governance Committee, McCarter Theatre Center

  • Chairman of the Board, Society for Corporate Governance (2014-2015)

  • President, Stockholder Relations Society of New York (2013-2014)


  • AgendaWeek

  • AmericanBanker

  • Atlantic Monthly

  • Bloomberg

  • CBS News MoneyWatch

  • Chicago Tribune

  • CNN

  • Fast Company

  • Financial Times


  • The Hill

  • Los Angeles Times

  • New York Post

  • The New Yorker
  • NPR Marketplace

  • Wall Street Journal

  • Quartz

  • USA Today



  • Georgetown University Law Center (JD, 1997)

  • Dartmouth College (AB, 1993)



  • Directorship 100 (National Association of Corporate Directors, 2009-2011, 2018-2019, 2021)

  • Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business (Asian American Business Development Center, 2017)

  • Corporate Counsel 100: United States Rising Stars (The Legal 500, 2014)

  • Governance Professional of the Year – Large Cap (Corporate Secretary, 2013)

  • Distinguished Corporate Secretary (Corporate Board Member, 2013)

  • 100 Most Influential People in Finance (Treasury & Risk, 2012)

  • Rising Star of Corporate Governance (Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance, 2010)

  • Best Asian Lawyers Under 40 (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2008)

  • Rising Star (Corporate Secretary, 2008)