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.

HHR Pride Co-Chair Fulfills Passion for LGBTQ+ Activism

Vanessa Woods, co-chair of HHR Pride Affinity Group, has been a member of the firm's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion since June 2019. A native of Ridgewood, N.J., she joined the firm in 2013 as an associate.

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​Asian Affinity Group Leader Aims to Be Part of Solution for Diversity

Walter Song, co-chair of the firm's Asian Affinity Group, has been a member of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion since 2016. Born and raised in Dallas, Song joined the firm in 2008 as a technical paralegal. He transitioned into the Practice Support Department in 2010, and attended law school at night. Song became an associate in 2015, and resides in the Washington, D.C., office.

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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.

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LGBT Affinity Group Leader Strives to Further Tolerance

Meaghan Gragg co-founded the firm's LGBT Affinity Group 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.

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