Nina L. S. Burnaford, Esq.
Senior Associate Director
Penn Center for Innovation
Associate General Counsel
Office of General Counsel
Nina L. S. Burnaford has served as Senior Associate Director, Legal Affairs of the University of Pennsylvania Penn Center for Innovation, as well as Associate General Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania since 2008. Ms. Burnaford assists the Penn community in the licensing and commercializing of Penn's technology and inventions and other IP issues that relate to technology transfer.
Ms. Burnaford came to Penn from The Big Picture Alliance (BPA), a Philadelphia non-profit film and media arts education organization serving economically disadvantaged and minority inner city youth, where she served as General Counsel. Prior to the BPA, she was with the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll, where her practice focused on corporate mergers and acquisitions, securities and intellectual property law. Ms. Burnaford attended William Smith College, The London School of Economics and Political Science and The University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has served as seminar faculty for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Business Institute and The University of Pennsylvania (Weiss Tech House and The University of Pennsylvania Law School), among others.
Ms. Burnaford serves, or has served, on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations, including, The Delaware Museum of Natural History (President and Trustee), The Big Picture Alliance (Director), The Buck & Doe Trust (Trustee) and Family Planning Council (Director). Ms. Burnaford is a member of the National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys (NACUA).