Our Founder & CEO, Lourdes M. Turrecha, is a privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection strategist, lawyer, and leader, with 10+ years of combined experience in the areas of privacy, law, security, policy, and compliance. Lourdes also founded The Rise of Privacy Tech, an initiative with a mission to fuel privacy innovation by bringing together privacy tech founders, investors, and advisors to bridge the existing tech-capital-expertise gaps in privacy innovation. She is a privacy tech advisor and investor. She advises privacy tech startups on their privacy strategy, covering product design and market positioning in the nascent privacy tech landscape. She also helps investors develop their privacy tech theses.
Lourdes is also Privacy Tech & Law Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Privacy Law at Santa Clara University School of Law’s leading privacy program, where she developed and teaches an experiential course on Privacy & Technology.
Lourdes has 10+ years of privacy, cybersecurity, and legal experience. She worked worked in Silicon Valley for the leading cybersecurity company, Palo Alto Networks. While there, she developed her own work mission of ensuring that privacy is weaved into their products and operations, working cross-functionally with engineering, information security, product management, and other teams in the company.
She also practiced in Big Law, advising a client portfolio that included 100+ start-ups, tech companies, and global organizations on their data protection obligations and managing incident and data breach response.
Early on in her privacy career, Lourdes was a founding member of a Fortune 300 company’s privacy office, where she served as the company’s second highest ranking privacy official and helped design and build its privacy program from the group up. She worked with leading privacy thinker, Prof. Daniel J. Solove, consulted for TeachPrivacy LLC, worked in-house at Abt Associates Inc., and began her legal career at boutique law firms in Washington, DC.
Lourdes earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The George Washington University Law School and her bachelor’s degrees from George Mason University. She was also a visiting honors student at the University of Oxford, where she studied comparative US, EU, & UK law.
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