Patrick McGurn is Special Counsel and the Head of Strategic Research and Analysis at ISS. Considered by industry constituents to be one of the leading experts on corporate governance issues, he is active on the nationwide speaking circuit and plays an integral role in ISS's policy development. Prior to joining ISS in 1996, Pat was director of the Corporate Governance Service at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC), a not-for-profit firm that provided governance research to investors. He also served as a private attorney, a congressional staff member and a department head at the Republican National Committee. He is a graduate of Duke University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the bar in California, the District of Columbia, Maryland and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pat serves on the advisory boards of the University of Delaware's Weinberg Corporate Governance Center and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a member of the Council of Institutional Investors' Markets Advisory Council.