Jane McCooey is an Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Global Technology & Data Legal group at Morgan Stanley since 2022, where she works on a range of antitrust, cybersecurity and privacy legal, regulatory, strategic, and operational issues. She is also Co-Chair of the Philanthropy & Giving Back Pillar of the Women’s Business Alliance at Morgan Stanley. Jane was a Senior Associate of the international law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where she specialized in Antitrust Law for over eight years.
A county Armagh native, Jane studied Law with French Law at University College Dublin and Université Toulouse Capitole, a Master of Law at Cambridge University, and an Executive MBA with Quantic School of Business & Technology.
Before moving to New York ten years ago in October 2013, and after the New York Bar, Jane worked in Brussels, Belgium, first at the European Commission, then at the law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, qualifying as a Solicitor of England & Wales.
Jane is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Women with Ambition, which provides a space for Irish and Irish-American women of all levels and industries working in New York to connect more deeply, form a meaningful network, and take some time to focus on intentional self-development. She is also the President of the Women with Ambition Golf Society.
Jane is on the New York Executive Board of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, an initiative of the Northern Ireland peace process that unites young people from different religious backgrounds and traditions through the medium of music. The orchestra performed in Carnegie Hall on St. Patrick’s Day 2023 in celebration of 25 years of the Good Friday Peace Agreement for Northern Ireland.
Jane was on the Host Committee for the New York Business Leaders Breakfast hosted by the Irish American Partnership and is Co-Chair of the Young Partners Board of the Irish American Partnership.
Jane is also the Founder and chairperson of Liberty Gaels Camogie Club. Established nearly 10 years ago, it was the first adult Camogie club in New York after an absence of over 20 years, and the club has since become four-time North American Senior Champions.
Jane was honored with the Irish Echo Community Champion Award in 2022. She lives in Weehawken, New Jersey with her husband, Michael McGuinness, and wheaten terrier puppy, Jim McGuinness, and is always looking for lady golfers to play with! With parents and Irish heritage from both North (Armagh) and South (Louth) of the border, Jane attributes her leadership and work ethic, desire for equal opportunity, and commitment to helping others to being brought up by strong and devoted parents who did everything in their power to ensure that Jane and her twin sister, Elizabeth, could be the best versions of themselves.