Olivene Makerson is Commercial Counsel with Google Cloud where she advises business clients and stakeholders on legal issues and risks related to technology agreements. Olivene works closely with her business partners and is always willing to take on the most challenging problems. Before joining Google, She worked for VMware, Inc., where she focused on shaping and negotiating sophisticated technology agreements related to on-premise software, cloud services, and professional services. She also served as a subject matter expert and legal liaison with the compliance services group, helping to advise and resolve compliance matters.
Olivene also has experience in-house in the financial services industry, working for Primerica, Inc., a company that distributes term life insurance, mutual funds, annuities, and other financial products. Olivene focused her practice on securities investigations, regulatory compliance, and general corporate matters. She served as lead counsel of all company and agent-created advertising and managed a team of analysts to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. She also supported senior counsel in conducting due diligence for new product initiatives and lines of business.
Olivene currently serves as the VP of Communications and Membership for the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia, a diverse community of in-house counsel that administers educational programs, public service initiatives, and fosters professional relationship building. She is also a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), an organization that nurtures, supports and galvanizes the power of Black women in the legal profession.
Outside of law, Olivene is a faithful servant leader and has a passion for various local community organizations. She volunteers her time as a board member and advocacy committee member for Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve maternal and infant health through advocacy, education, and vital resources. She serves as a leader in the women’s ministry through her church, supporting women connecting spiritually, emotionally, and socially. Also, she is a former member of the Junior League of Atlanta (JLA), an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing women’s potential, and improving the community through trained volunteers’ effective action and leadership. Through JLA, Olivene served on an advocacy-based committee for generational poverty because her state had one of the highest child poverty rates, with more than one-quarter of its children living in poverty. She volunteered with the American Red Cross in local blood donation centers – initiating blood drives, and creating disaster kits for families in crisis.
Olivene received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated from Stetson University College of Law. In her free time, she loves to garden, play tennis, and learn to play golf. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, Rick, and daughters Harris and Ricki.