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Charlene Tsang-Kao

Assistant General Counsel at Marathon Oil Company

Charlene is Marathon Oil Company’s Assistant General Counsel with oversight of its world-wide litigation and employment law strategy and team of attorneys, the law department’s Legal Support Manager, paralegals, and other professionals. Charlene champions the law department’s diversity and inclusion initiative for law firm engagement, and initiated Marathon’s Pan-Asian American Pacific Islander network in 2019. Before joining Marathon, Charlene was a Senior Counsel at Chevron; Deputy General Counsel for Solvay America and Corporate Secretary for its various subsidiaries; and a Partner with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie.

Charlene earned her J.D. with Honors, from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin, where she was inducted into the Order of Barristers; and her B.A., with Honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum (ALF Class XLV) and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Charlene has worked throughout her career to advance inclusion of diverse lawyers in the legal profession, including as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section, executive member of the Asian American Bar Association of Houston, an appointeee to the State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Committee, and Committee Member for the National Employment Law Council.

Charlene also regularly volunteers her time to civic activities and pro bono work. She has served in leadership roles in OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates for the past 20+ years including as a current Houston Chapter Board Member, former 2 term President, Advisory Board Member, and National Board Member. Under her leadership, OCA-Advocates initiated The Information Group for Asian American Rights (TIGAAR) with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Labor (DOL) to educate employees about their legal rights in the workplace. Charlene is also a Mentor through OCA’s MAAP program, which aims to cultivate the next generation of AAPI professional leaders. She is also a former Board Member of the Houston Area Women’s Center and pro-bono employment law instructor for the Houston Chapter of Dress for Success.

Charlene is a proud mom of two teenage daughters and her favorite pastime is hitting the ski slopes with them (and the occasional hand of no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em).