Shonda L. Rhimes '91 H'14

  • Elected 2023 (Charter Trustee)

  • New York, New York

Shonda Rhimes is an award-winning television creator, producer and author, as well as the CEO of the global media company, Shondaland. Rhimes is the first woman to create three television dramas - "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice" and "Scandal" -  that have achieved the 100 episode milestone. In 2017, Rhimes shifted the entertainment industry's business model when she left network television for an unprecedented agreement for Shondaland to exclusively produce streaming content in partnership with Netflix. "Bridgerton," Shondaland's first scripted series with the streamer, has become a worldwide franchise with seasons 1 and 2 of the show holding top spots among English language programming for Netflix. Rhimes broadened her company's content landscape when she launched the culture website in partnership with Hearst Digital Media and Shondaland Audio in partnership with iHeart Radio to produce podcast content. She's a New York Times bestselling author for her memoir "Year of Yes" and has built multi-platform partnerships with such leading brands as Dove, St. John, Masterclass, Microsoft and Mattel. Rhimes' has three times been included in the TIME 100 list of most influential people and her work has been celebrated with numerous awards including induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. 


  • A.B. Dartmouth College
  • M.F.A. University of Southern California

Current Role

Chief Executive Officer, Shondaland