Hughes Hubbard's Diversity Committee, which helps the firm recruit, retain and promote attorneys of diverse backgrounds, is comprised of five affinity groups aligned by race, gender and sexual orientation. This series of Q&A articles introduces the leaders of those groups.
Latino Attorney Affinity Group Leader Seeks to Bridge Differences
Olivia Bensinger, head of the firm's Latinx Attorney Affinity Group, has been a member of the Diversity Committee since June 2019. Born in Bristol, Tenn. to a Cuban mother and raised in Troy, Ala., she joined the firm in 2017 as an associate in the New York office.
Black Attorney Affinity Group Leader Brings Life Experience to Role
Ashley Hodges, head of the firm's Black Attorney Affinity Group, has been a member of the Diversity Committee since spring 2016. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she joined the firm as a summer associate in 2013 and returned to the New York office as an associate in October 2014.
LGBT Affinity Group Leader Strives to Further Tolerance
Meaghan Gragg co-founded the firm's LGBT Affinity Group with former associate Danny Grossman in 2013; she joined the Diversity Committee in spring 2015. Born and raised in Miami, she began her tenure at the firm in 2008 as an associate; she was promoted to partner this month.
Asian Affinity Group Leader Aims to Strengthen Inclusiveness
Mei Li Zhen, head of the firm's Asian Affinity Group, has been a member of the Diversity Committee since spring 2015. Born in China and raised in Brooklyn, Zhen joined the firm as a summer associate in 2009 and as a full-time associate in the fall of 2010.