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Saema Somalya

Saema Somalya, Chair

Saema Somalya is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Muslim Advocates. She is a lawyer who serves as General Counsel at financial services firm Remitly. She previously was a Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has practiced corporate and securities law for 20 years. Ms. Somalya also served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Warren Resources, Inc and as corporate counsel for PepsiCo, Inc., where she held the position of Senior Legal Director and Senior Corporate Counsel (2013-2014) and Legal Director and Corporate Counsel (2009-2013). From 2002 to 2009, Ms. Somalya was an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Linklaters LLP, and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University in 1999 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2002.