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Bonnie Lee Wolf

 Bonnie Lee Wolf  

 Candidate for Secretary



Personal Statement

After serving these past two years as the Central Regional Governor, I am proud of the relationships I have built and fostered with the Central Region, along with what I have accomplished by representing the region over the past two years. During this same time, I have remained equally committed to my service as the board liaison to the Tax Committee, the Women’s Leadership Network and the Asian American Adoptee Network.

I am seeking the position of Secretary so that I can continue to contribute my service and passion to NAPABA and its Board. As an in-house associate general counsel, I view the Secretary position as akin to a corporate secretary – a very complex role, certainly more than administerial. It would be my intention, if elected Secretary, to treat and carry out the responsibilities of Secretary with the degree of intensity and accountability that the position demands. Working toward ensuring the integrity of the NAPABA’s governance, the efficient administration of the organization, compliance with the by-laws and implementation of decisions made by the Board. Much of which will become even more important as NAPABA and the world around us changes in perspectives and view points, resulting in more challenging issues for NAPABA and its Board to address.

Goals and Vision

As Secretary, much of my work would focus on supporting and enhancing operational effectiveness in communications, fundraising and board and staff development, including an effort to review and update the strategic plan. Recordkeeping is an important responsibility that helps accomplish this. I plan to work closely with the President to ensure that records reflect the decisions of the Board with sufficient detail of internal deliberations without being mired in minutia. As a former President and Secretary of my local affiliate, I have developed both management and organizational skills. Using those along with familiarity with technology, I intend to maintain important documents and records in a readily accessible manner so that they are timely disseminated and/or accessible. All of which will assist in keeping each member and the Board accountable and working toward measurable goals.

After attending almost two years of Board meetings, I fully appreciate that these meetings require preparation and planning to be effective. As Secretary, I would accept the charge for this responsibility, while working closely with NAPABA Board Members and Staff. My plan is to manage all aspects of the Board meetings, including developing an agenda, assisting with arranging meeting logistics, timely issuing notices, and making sure that not only is adequate time allotted for each agenda item, but also assist the President with ensuring that the Board remains on task. In addition, I will work to ensure old business is addressed, all materials and information necessary for new business is collected and distributed with ample enough time for members to be prepared to discuss these items and ask any questions prior to any particular meeting. It is my vision to have an efficient, informed and prepared Board, which will result in more meaningful and on point discussions. Moreover, I will use my familiarity of NAPABA’s by-laws and Robert’s Rules of Order to advise the Board Members as to their responsibilities and governance.

As Secretary, another goal of mine would be to create and provide an orientation for onboarding new Board members that will educate and train each on their new roles and expectations. This will not only assist in the transition of new board members, but also ensure succession planning.

As part of the strategic plan, I would also look to assist in the growth of NAPABA and its relationships with its affiliates, committees and NAPABA law foundation. The degree and scope of work done by NAPABA is massive, as Secretary I would serve in helping with communications and working with the Board and staff so that we strengthen our relationship with our affiliates and their members. Much of the role depends upon communication skills – I will draw upon my strong communication and interpersonal skills. I will work to ensure that the NAPABA Board Members have proper guidance and resources to fulfill their duties to NAPABA’s membership with the main focus of ensuring the Board is operating effectively and efficiently toward its goals.

It would be a privilege to continue my service on the NAPABA Board as its Secretary, and I would be honored to earn your vote. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Thank you for your consideration.

Candidate Bio

Bonnie Wolf is an Assistant General Counsel at Nationwide Insurance. At Nationwide, Bonnie is a member of the Litigation Employment Department responsible for managing all aspects of agent litigation, including managing outside counsel. Previous to this role at Nationwide, Bonnie supported the Company’s exclusive sales channel in the P&C Sales Legal Practice group handling a wide variety of legal matters, including agent contracts and programs, investigations and pre-litigation matters. Prior to joining Nationwide Insurance, Bonnie worked at a regional law firm in its litigation department for seven years. There she gained experience in representing clients in all phases of litigation, including appeals, settlement negotiations, mediations, trial and arbitration.

Bonnie is currently serving as the Regional Governor for the Central Region of NAPABA, board liaison to NAPABA’s Tax Committee, Women’s Leadership Network and Asian American Adoptee Network, and member of NAPABA’s In-House Counsel Network. She is a Board Member and Community Service Chair of her local affiliate the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio (“APABA-CO”) and former President of APABA-CO.

Originally from Severna Park, Maryland, Bonnie received her B.A. magna cum laude from Winthrop University and her J.D. from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law with distinction. Bonnie now resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Matt, who she has been married to for almost 12 years and is a proud mother to their 4 year old son.


Name Company*    
Alexander Lee Law Offices of Alexander M. Lee

Joe Lee Microsoft Corporation    
Annette Kwok Venable LLP    
Daniel Sakaguchi Armstrong Teasdale    
Inchan Hwang Gray Plant Moody    
Emilia (Mimi) Castillo Castillo Law Offices/Mediation Arbitration    
Debbie Crockett Cheffy Passidomo, P.A.    
Curtis Hom Innova Legal Group PLLC    
Charles Jung Nassiri & Jung LLP    
Gary Zhao SmithAmundsen LLC    
Linda Wong ProFile Discovery    
Frank Gao McAndrews Held & Malloy    
Jen Won Hogan Lovells US LLP    

*All work or organizational affiliations disclosed are for identification and disclosures purposes only, and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions.