Debra N. Diener has over 30 years of policy, legal, legislative and managerial experience in senior level positions in all 3 branches of the federal government.  She served as the Senior Advisor and Director of Privacy Policy at the Department of Homeland Security as well as the Deputy Director for Privacy Policy with the IRS.  During her career, she helped advance domestic and international privacy and identity management priority initiatives while partnering with senior officials from other federal agencies, foreign governments and the private sector.

Ms. Diener played a leadership role in the federal privacy community by serving for over 3 years as the Co-Chair of the Identity Management Subcommittee of the CIO Council’s Privacy Committee.  In that role, she helped to spearhead productive collaborations between the federal government and private sector organizations on an array of privacy priorities.

She also served as a Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Enforcement) at the Treasury Department where she worked on diverse and challenging domestic and international criminal justice issues.  She served for several years as a member of the U.S. Government’s delegation to the G-8′s “Working Group on Transnational Organized Crime.”

Ms. Diener also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and as a counsel to the Crime and Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.

Ms. Diener is now a consultant and a frequent speaker before industry and governmental organizations on an array of privacy, identity management and information protection issues.

Ms. Diener holds a B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the George Washington University.  She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional with a Government specialization.