Laura Baxter-Simons is general counsel and chief compliance officer at Meritage Group LP, a U.S.-based investment management firm. Prior to Meritage, Ms. Baxter-Simons worked at Renaissance Technologies as legal counsel from 1996 to 2011. She and her husband, Nat Simons, serve as co-directors of Sea Change Foundation, a private family foundation formed in 2007 and currently dedicated to addressing global climate change. They are also the co-founders of Prelude Ventures, a family-held cleantech investment fund. Ms. Baxter-Simons served on the board of trustees of Head-Royce School in Oakland for ten years and currently serves on the U.C. Berkeley National Campaign Steering Committee and the Stanford Law School Dean’s Advisory Council. Ms. Baxter-Simons and Mr. Simons are Builders of Berkeley and members of the Giving Pledge.