Willette Elder is the Senior Vice President of Tax at VALE New York City. She is a graduate of Howard University, The George Washington University Law School and Boston University School of Law, where she earned her Tax LL.M.
In over a decade as a tax attorney, Willette has led teams in due diligence, tax planning and tax structuring in the fields of corporate governance and transactions, international tax implications, exempt organizations, wealth succession and tax credits, among others. While practicing international tax and transactions at a Big 4 accounting firm, Willette primarily supported clients in the private equity community, and she participated in complex tax structuring for national and global M&A transactions, including two of the top media and technology mergers of all time.
At VALE, Willette supports the Tax Liability Insurance product, and her diverse tax experiences equip her to face various tax issues and solutions in a growing transactional liability market. When her creativity is not geared towards tax strategies, Willette focuses that energy on cooking, painting and pottery.