Karyn Smith, General Counsel

Karyn has worked with high growth companies for over 20 years, bringing her passion for building high performing teams to Twilio in 2014 as its first lawyer. Today she leads the Company’s legal, government affairs, regulatory compliance and privacy teams. Prior to Twilio, Karyn was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Zynga, where she oversaw all corporate matters and led Zynga through its $1B IPO in 2011. Before Zynga, Karyn was a partner of Cooley LLP, representing emerging growth companies at all stages of growth, from formation through liquidity event and beyond. Karyn has been recognized numerous times for her leadership, including most recently the National Women in Law’s thought leadership award in 2018. Karyn earned her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and her JD cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law. Karyn currently sits on the boards of BSA, the Software Alliance, and USTelecom.

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