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Privacy Office - DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee Membership

Listing of membership for the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

Biographies of Members

Mark H. Francis is a tech and data partner at the law firm Holland & Knight LLP in New York, with a focus on cybersecurity, data privacy, intellectual property and emerging technology. Mark’s practice spans counseling, legal compliance, investigations, litigation, and a wide array of transactions. In connection with his practice, Mark advises clients on information governance, third party risk management, federal, state and foreign privacy laws, artificial intelligence, adtech and data strategy. He frequently counsels clients in response to data breaches and other incidents, guiding them through internal investigations, regulatory inquiries, and legal disputes. Mark has a background in computer science and telecommunications, and received his JD/MBA from Fordham University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), as well as an IAPP CIPP/US, CIPT and Fellow of Information Privacy. Mark is currently serving on the board of the New York Metro InfraGard Members Alliance and the IAPP’s CIPP/US Exam Development Board.

Sarah Knight is Chief Privacy Officer and Lead Counsel for Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Information Governance at Gilead Sciences, Inc. Ms. Knight is an accomplished attorney with over ten years of law firm, government, and corporate experience in the areas of data privacy, information governance, and eDiscovery counseling and litigation, including for the cybersecurity and the intelligence communities.

Dr. Chris Pahl is a seasoned privacy and compliance program executive with over 20 years of experience in cross-functional leadership, operationalizing privacy compliance, and designing highly effective privacy solutions to complex problems. He has extensive experience in process improvements, organizational operations, and building global privacy teams. He is an adjunct faculty member at three universities, teaching business ethics and business management courses.

Tom Plofchan is Managing Partner at Pangiam, a public-private partnership technology company. Pangiam facilitates private industry's use of emerging technology to enhance customer experience and safety across a number of homeland security-adjacent industries such as aviation. Prior to Pangiam, Tom served as the Counterterrorism Counselor to the Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, and as a national security advisor to the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is currently a Senior Advisor at the Center for Naval Analyses, the Department of the Navy's Federally Funded Research and Development Center.

Surbhi Tugnawat is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for SRI International where she provides tactical oversight for identity management, security operations, and risk management. Ms. Tugnawat applies policies and standards across all technology projects, systems and services and directs and approves the design of security systems to protect against threats and reduce vulnerabilities. She holds both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Computer Management (MCM).


Last Published Date: October 28, 2021

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