Nuala O’Connor

President and CEO Center for Democracy and Technology

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 has experience in both the public and private sectors. She was the global privacy leader at General Electric (GE), where she was responsible for privacy policy and practices across GE’s numerous divisions. Prior to joining CDT, she worked at Amazon as vice president of compliance & consumer trust and associate general counsel for data & privacy protection.

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.