Caitlin Fennessy

Senior Adviser, Data Policy & Trust

Caitlin has more than a decade of experience working in the field of privacy and data protection. She supports our Data Policy & Trust team, particularly on issues of data protection, privacy, cross-border data flow and data governance. 

Meet Caitlin

Caitlin has more than a decade of experience working in the field of privacy and data protection.  Currently, she is the Research Director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Caitlin also leads the IAPP’s privacy engineering initiative and serves as an in-house privacy expert. She supports our Data Policy & Trust team, particularly on issues of data protection, privacy, cross-border data flow and data governance.

Prior to joining the IAPP, Caitlin was the Privacy Shield Director at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Caitlin joined ITA in 2009 and spent the next ten years working on international privacy and cross-border data flow policy issues, including two years as the career staff lead engaged in negotiations to develop the Privacy Shield. Caitlin also served an adjunct professor of international privacy law at the University of Maine School of Law in 2016 and 2015 and at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2014. Before her time at ITA, Caitlin worked in the National Security Division of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Caitlin has a Master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s degree in social policy from Northwestern University.

Expertise
  • – Data Policy & Trust