Nuala O’Connor is the president & CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in Internet and technology policy, particularly in the areas of privacy and information governance. Nuala is passionate about the ways technology and the Internet can be instruments of global free expression and individual freedom and is committed to finding policy solutions that affect real people.
Nuala also served as deputy director of the office of policy & strategic planning, chief privacy officer, and chief counsel for technology at the US Department of Commerce, where she worked on global technology policy, including Internet governance and industry best practices. At the Department of Homeland Security, she was responsible for groundbreaking policy creation and implementation regarding the use of personal information in national security and law enforcement.
Nuala holds an A.B. from Princeton, an M.Ed. from Harvard, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her three school-aged children.