Princeton in Washington: Princetonians in Technology
Hear from Nuala O’Connor ’89, Julie Brill ’81, Travis LeBlanc ’99 and Bruce Mehlman ’92 about their distinguished careers in technology followed by a reception!
Nuala O’Connor is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology, a global nonprofit that advocates for human rights and civil liberties in the digital world. Nuala has worked in privacy, data, and digital policy in companies, government, and law firms, including as Vice President for Compliance & Customer Trust at Amazon, Chief Privacy Leader & Senior Counsel for Information Governance at General Electric, and Chief Privacy Officer for Emerging Technologies at Doubleclick. Nuala’s government service includes her appointment as the first Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Nuala holds an A.B. from Princeton, a Master’s in Education from Harvard, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her three school-aged children and a large Labrador Retriever.
Julie Brill is Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft. From April 2016 to July 2017, Brill was a Partner at Hogan Lovells, and Co-Director of the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. Julie Brill served as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission from April 6, 2010 to March 31, 2016. Brill was named “the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues” and a “key regulator not just on a national, but also on an international, stage” as well as “one of the top minds in online privacy”, one of the top four U.S. government players “leading the data privacy debate”, and a “game-changer”. Brill has received numerous national awards for her work, including the International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Leader of the Year Award, and the New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award. National Law Journal named Brill a Cybersecurity Trailblazer in 2017. Brill was elected to the American Law Institute. Prior to serving as Commissioner of the FTC, Brill served as an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years. She also was a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University’s School of Law. She clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr. Brill graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.
Travis is a leading authority on consumer protection, cybersecurity, privacy, telecommunications, and the regulation of emerging and disruptive technologies. Drawing on his broad experience in federal and state government, he helps clients manage their litigation, regulatory risk, and strategic responses to government enforcement efforts, including the growing number of enforcement matters before state attorneys general. Travis also advises clients on crisis response, internal investigations, and compliance. In August 2017, Travis was selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission as an arbitrator for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Before joining the firm, Travis was the Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, where he spearheaded hundreds of enforcement actions involving consumer protection, competition, compliance, and fraud, waste, and abuse. He also worked closely with senior officials at other federal, state, and international agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, Securities & Exchange Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, all 50 state attorneys general, and data protection authorities across the globe. Previously, he served as a senior advisor to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and as Special Assistant Attorney General, where he oversaw the state’s complex litigation and policy in areas such as technology regulation, high-tech crime, cybersecurity, privacy, intellectual property, antitrust, health care, telecommunications, and human trafficking. He served in the Obama Administration as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the President, Attorney General, and executive branches on the constitutionality and legality of the programs and activities of the U.S. government. Travis previously worked in private practice at leading law firms in Washington D.C. and San Francisco. He has represented companies, boards, and individuals on a diverse array of civil and white-collar matters involving false claims, bid-rigging, patent infringement, trade secrets, bribery, foreign corrupt practices, RICO, off-label advertising, legal malpractice, and material support of terrorism. Travis is a member of the American Law Institute and affiliated with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he serves as an advisor for the AGTech Forum.
Bruce Mehlman leads the bipartisan firm he founded after serving at senior levels in politics, policy and business. Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas helps Fortune 500 companies and innovative startups understand, anticipate and navigate the ever-evolving policy environment and trends likely to impact the global marketplace. A highly sought-after speaker, Mehlman frequently presents to Boards of Directors, global conferences and strategic planning sessions. Mehlman is an adjunct business school professor with The Washington Campus and has lectured on “winning business–government relations” at the Harvard Kennedy School, Yale School of Management and Georgetown University, among others. Mehlman’s quarterly updates on political trends are widely read by business leaders and political observers across the country and have been frequently covered in leading publications, including the Washington Post, Axios, Politico, CNN, Fortune, the Daily Caller and UVA Center for Politics. Mehlman previously held the post of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2001. Before Commerce, he worked as the lead tech and telecom lobbyist for Cisco Systems, Policy Director and General Counsel to the House Republican Conference under Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK) and General Counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee. Mehlman is widely regarded as an expert in running issue campaigns, managing C-suite associations and developing strategies that achieve impactful policy outcomes. He concurrently serves as Executive Director of the Technology CEO Council and Co-Chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance.
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