Emily Ward

Emily Ward

Co-founder, Board Director and President of Community and Memberships
Chief Executive Officer, Calla Nava

Emily Ward is a board director for LabMate (biopharmaceutical platform), Nearchus (mobile app technology), and Y Translate (international translation platform); board advisor for Averon (cybersecurity mobile technology); and CEO for Calla Nava (land development).


Previously, she was Vice President & Chief Technology Counsel at eBay and PayPal for many years where she led a global team responsible for legal technology, intellectual property, litigation and M&A issues. She was a driving force in eBay’s M&A teams that assessed and bought GSI ($2.4B), Bill Me Later ($1.2B), Braintree ($800M), and many other companies, as well as divested Skype. She split the IP portfolios for eBay and PayPal during PayPal’s spin-off from eBay in 2015. She built an award-winning ip dept. as well as successfully resolved bet-the-company lawsuits, including Merc Exchange v. eBay, which had a unanimous US Supreme Court decision for eBay. She has testified on patent reform before Congress.


She has won numerous awards, including being recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley (SV Business Journal), one of the Top Women Leaders in Technology Law, one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists, Legal Impact Winner, Multicultural Leadership Award, Legal Momentum Women of Achievement honoree and the Direct Women Board Institute program.


She enjoys spending time with family, friends and church, and she, her husband and son are avid dog lovers and currently have 4 rescue dogs at home. They also support the Hope Technology School (a full inclusion school for special needs children).