Wanji Walcott is the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Discover and a proud alumna of Rising for Justice. At Discover, Wanji leads Discover’s corporate legal function, which plays a critical role in advising on corporate and product strategies, as well as managing litigation and government and regulatory affairs.
From the beginning and throughout her career, Wanji has exhibited the values of Rising for Justice. As a law student at Howard University Law School, Wanji participated in Rising for Justice’s Housing Clinic, where she represented low-income tenants in asserting their rights to safe, habitable rental units in Washington, D.C.
Wanji joined Discover from PayPal, where she was senior vice president and general counsel and has led the company’s global legal organization since 2017. She launched the PayPal pro bono program and has held leadership roles in initiatives to promote employee development and diversity & inclusion, including the launch of PayPal’s Black Employee network and serving as global executive sponsor of PayPal’s Women’s Employee network.
Prior to PayPal, Wanji spent 13 years with American Express where she last served as Senior Vice President, Managing Counsel for global legal support of payment, ecommerce/social media initiatives and data security.