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Privacy Office - DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee Membership

Sponsor: Karen Neuman, DHS Chief Privacy Officer

Executive Director: Shannon Ballard, Director, International Privacy Programs, DHS Privacy Office

Biographies of Members

Chair: Lisa J. Sotto, Partner at Hunton & Williams, New York, NY.  Ms. Sotto heads the firm’s Privacy and Information Management Practice and works extensively with the firm’s Center for Information Policy Leadership on topics ranging from improved privacy notices to responsible pattern analysis. She is a member of the family of a 9/11 victim.

Jim Adler, Vice President of Products, Metanautix, Los Altos, CA. Metanautix is a big data startup focused on data management and analysis for large enterprises. Most recently, Mr. Adler served as the first Chief Privacy Officer and Vice President of Data Systems at Intelius, an organization that provides businesses and consumers with background checks, public record searches, and predictive intelligence.  At Intelius, he led big data technology teams, privacy efforts, consumer advocacy outreach, and negotiations with the U.S. Senate and the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Adler is a frequent public speaker and author on the power of data, privacy, security, and identity technologies.

K. Suzanne Barber, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Barber is Director of the University’s Center for Identity, an effort of federal and state government and private-sector entities to develop identity management applications, to conduct education and outreach, and to combat identity management threats and fraud.

J. Howard Beales III, Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy, The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Mr. Beales was the Director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission from 2001-2004, where privacy was a key initiative during his tenure.

Craig W. Bennett, Privacy Officer, Children’s Hospital Boston, a not for profit teaching and research hospital, Boston, MA. Mr. Bennett oversees the Hospital’s privacy policy development and implementation, and coordinates with internal business units on privacy management, including investigations, risk management, sanctions, and mitigation.

Allen Brandt, has served as Chief Privacy Official, Director, and General Counsel for divisions of public companies and corporations, and is currently employed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), located in Reston, VA.  He has presented privacy programs to the European Commission and European Data Protection Supervisor, as well as to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S. Department of State.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (a 13,000 member organization with professionals in over 70 countries), he is an Advisory Board member of the Future of Privacy Forum (a Washington, DC privacy think tank), and he is a hearing officer for U.S./EU Safe Harbor complaints that are brought to the Better Business Bureau for resolution.

James M. Byrne, Chief Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel for Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, MD. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Byrne was a career Senior Executive Service official with over 20 years of professional experience in the military and federal government, including several years as a federal international narcotics prosecutor and deployed Marine infantry officer. Prior to leaving the government Jim served as the Deputy Special Counsel with the Office of the U. S. Special Counsel. He also served overseas with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Mr. Byrne serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Melodi M. Gates, Associate, Patton Boggs, LLP, Denver, CO.  Ms. Gates practices in the areas of cybersecurity, privacy, and technology. She served as Director of Risk Management and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Qwest Communications International, Inc. (Qwest) from 2002-2009, after serving in various senior information technology-related positions during a twenty-year career with Qwest.

Joanna L. Grama, Portfolio Manager, EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association committed to advancing higher education, Louisville, CO.  Ms. Grama has experience in higher education information security policy and compliance activities related to the security and privacy of personally identifiable information. She was the former Information Security Policy and Compliance Director for Purdue University, IN.

Jeewon Kim, Chief Privacy Officer for a major financial corporation, Washington, DC.  Ms. Kim has experience managing privacy and data protection programs for LexisNexis and has previously served as Chief of Staff for Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar and former Congresswoman from California, served as Legislative Counsel for Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and practiced communications law at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

Linda D. Koontz, Principal, Information Systems Engineer-Privacy, Business Strategy Department of The MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA. She advises federal government sponsors and customers on strategic approaches to building their privacy programs. Prior to joining MITRE, Ms. Koontz served for many years as Director, Information Management Issues, for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Joanne McNabb, Director, Privacy Education and Policy in the newly created Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit in the California Department of Justice. The Unit protects Californians’ constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy through civil enforcement of state and federal privacy laws, educates consumers and businesses, and makes recommendations to the Attorney General on privacy matters. She was the former Chief of the Office of Privacy Protection in the California Department of Consumer Affairs where she provided consumer education and practice recommendations on privacy issues to California state residents, businesses, and government.

Greg Nojeim, Director, Freedom, Security, and Technology Project, Center for Democracy and Technology, Silver Spring, MD. Mr. Nojeim is a former legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union responsible for national security, immigration, and privacy.

Charles Palmer, Chief Technology Officer, Security and Privacy, Associate Director of Computer Science Research at IBM, Yorktown Heights, NY.  Dr. Palmer manages the Security, Networking, and Privacy Departments at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where various teams around the world are developing privacy-related technology and exploring how technology can help preserve privacy while improving data quality.

Julie Park, Manager, Data Privacy Office, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT. Ms. Park manages the global privacy program for the Church and oversees compliance with global data privacy laws and regulations. Ms. Park is also an adjunct instructor at Weber State University, teaching Information Technology for the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics.

Christopher Pierson, Executive Vice President, Chief Security Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for LSQ Holdings, Orlando, FL.  Dr. Pierson oversees LSQ’s cybersecurity and compliance program and is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute.  Prior to joining LSQ, Dr. Pierson was the Senior Vice President and first Chief Privacy Officer for the Royal Bank of Scotland’s U.S. banking operations and a corporate attorney for Lewis and Roca.  Dr. Pierson was President and Chairman of the Board of the InfraGard Phoenix Member’s Alliance, Inc., from 2003-2007 and served on the Arizona Office of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Coordinating Council from 2003-2006.

Tracy Ann Pulito-Michalek, Vice President and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Stamford, CT.  Ms. Pulito provides advice on global data privacy-related matters, regulatory compliance, data privacy policy development, and incident response.

Russell Schrader, Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Associate General Counsel – Global Enterprise Risk for Visa, Inc., San Francisco, CA. Mr. Schrader has primary legal responsibilities for a broad range of complex enterprise risk, privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, technology, and payment systems policies and issues.  He is a principal legal liaison with Visa system stakeholders and attorneys on worldwide regulatory issues. Mr. Schrader is also a Director of the Council of Better Business Bureaus and an advisor to a number of privacy and data security groups.

Barry Steinhardt, Senior Advisor and Trustee, Privacy International.  Now retired, Mr. Steinhardt served from 1993-2009 in various leadership roles in the American Civil Liberties Union, most recently as Director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Project working on issues including airline passenger screening, video surveillance, database privacy, and border security.

Marjorie S. Weinberger, Legal Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Information Security Officer for the MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Division. Ms. Weinberger is responsible for development and implementation of policies and procedures for protecting personal information held in the State’s database of over five million licensing and registration records.

Richard Wichmann, Privacy and Risk Officer for Bupa Latin America, based in Miami, FL.  Mr. Wichmann is responsible for the oversight, maintenance, and training on corporate compliance programs in the areas of Information Governance, Anti-money Laundering, and OFAC/Sanctions screening, in addition to corporate Risk Management.  Mr. Wichmann was formerly Privacy Officer for Assurant Solutions and Assurant Specialty Property. 

Last Published Date: April 14, 2014
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