Ms. Ross-Burnett served as Sheppard Mullin’s first Manager of Diversity & Inclusion (“D&I”) for over ten years, working closely with firm leadership and others to develop and implement best practices that would enhance diversity and inclusion in recruiting, retention, promotion, and the advancement of diverse attorneys into leadership roles. She was instrumental in launching the Firm’s first affinity groups for attorneys of color and LGBTQ attorneys, and expanding the number of affinity groups for women lawyers from two offices to ten. She has presented D&I training and education for partners, associates, summer associates and staff, and also helped design training programs with expert speakers on important topics such as implicit bias and generational diversity.
Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Ms. Ross-Burnett was Assistant Dean of Career Services & Multicultural Affairs at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and a diversity consultant with her own practice working with major law firms, prominent legal organizations, and ABA-accredited law schools. She is a speaker and published author in the area of diversity and inclusion, and was a founding editor of the nationally distributed newsletter of the ABA Commission on Minorities (now the Commission on Race & Ethnicity). Her other publications include stories in Chicken Soup for the African American Soul, and Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul.
Ms. Ross-Burnett has served on numerous diversity-related committees and boards over the span of more than two decades, including those of the ABA, NALP, and the CA State Bar. She has also held leadership roles in the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals. Ms. Ross-Burnett is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and holds a 60-unit master's degree in counseling from San Francisco State University. She also holds a certificate of completion from the Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) program in Los Angeles.