Chantal E. Kordula ’94 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2019. She is a partner at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where her practice focuses on international business and financing transactions, particularly involving Latin America. Kordula regularly represents Latin American sovereigns, state-owned entities and corporates in their M&A, financing and restructuring activity, as well as multinationals in their investments throughout the region.
After graduating from Amherst cum laude with a B.A. in political science, Kordula earned a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1997. At Amherst, she was a member of the women’s rugby team and was active in the French House and Students for Educational Equality. As a law student, she was involved with the Harvard International Law Journal and worked at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she represented clients in family, housing and administrative law cases.
Kordula lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband, Gary Andrew Gonya ’94, and their three children, Bianca, Carter and Dempsey.