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Risk Alternative Team Bios

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Ted Bilich, Chief Executive Officer

Ted Bilich is the Chief Executive Officer of Risk Alternatives, where he provides nonprofit training and organizational and professional development engagements to nonprofit organizations across the United States, highlighting nonprofit challenges in evaluating risk and providing unique nonprofit resources.

Before founding Risk Alternatives, Ted was a Distinguished Visiting Professor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center. At Georgetown, his research focused on preventive law, risk management, governance, compliance, and complex dispute resolution. Prior to full-time teaching, Ted served for more than 20 years in the Washington DC office of the international law firm of Jones Day and taught at Georgetown for many years as an adjunct professor.

Ted is a member of the American Law Institute, where he serves on the Consultative Group Committee for the ALI’s current project, Principles of the Law, Compliance, Enforcement, and Risk Management. He has also served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Leadership Center for Excellence, the Washington Lawyers Commission for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, the Latino Student Fund, the Washington Humane Society, the Hispanic Bar Association of DC Foundation, and the DC Bar Litigation Section Steering Committee.

Ted has written widely about risk management and continuous process improvement. He has published articles in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Corporate Responsibility Magazine, and Risk Management Magazine, as well as scores of blog posts and podcasts. (It’s not for nothing that Ted has been called the “Reverend of Risk.”)

Ted has lectured, presented, and consulted throughout the United States and overseas on risk management, process improvement, identifying risks and risk assessment, board governance, civic engagement, ethics, and numerous other issues. He is the author of three editions of a leading law school casebook on class actions and other multi-party litigation. He received his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Wake Forest University, and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Linda Lenrow Lopez, Director of Operations

Linda Lenrow Lopez is the Director of Operations for Risk Alternatives. She has more than 25 years of cutting-edge private sector and nonprofit risk management and project management expertise.

Linda has worked extensively in both US and international project contexts. Before joining Risk Alternatives, she served in numerous risk- and project-management positions at Bechtel Corporation, including Corporate Risk Manager for a global business unit, project manager with the cyber security group in corporate IS&T, and project manager for a $15 billion proposed nuclear facility and Phase One of the $2.5 billion Dulles Metrorail extension in Northern Virginia. 

Linda is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, bringing extensive knowledge of risk management and Lean Six Sigma to our customers’ projects. She is also a Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant with the knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to work with nonprofit organizations across the country interested in learning about and implementing the Standards for Excellence code. She speaks regularly on topics of risk analysis, potential risks, and contingency planning. 

Linda received her BA with dual majors in International Relations and Politics, and a minor in Spanish from Lake Forest College.