Fernando Laguarda is General Counsel at AmeriCorps. Prior to his current role, he was Faculty Director of the Program on Law and Government and a Professor at American University Washington College of Law, where he taught and developed courses in administrative law, legislation, and antitrust, launched the law school’s LLM in Legislation, and founded the nation's first student-centered initiative to study the work of government oversight. Fernando worked previously for nearly ten years in the telecommunications industry and for fifteen years as a partner at two different Washington, DC law firms focusing on technology and competition law. He was also a founder, and served as General Counsel and then Board Chair, of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, as well as a member of numerous non-profit, civil rights, academic, and advisory boards. Fernando has received numerous national and local awards for his nonprofit advocacy work. He received his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and his A.B. cum laude in government from Harvard College.