My endorsements

I pride myself on bringing great value to the people and the companies with whom I work. The following endorsements have been posted to my LinkedIn page by colleagues, clients, and peers in the security and privacy communities. 


Debra is energetic, knowledgeable and just a pleasure to work with. She is a true privacy subject matter expert, is able to communicate effectively and understands how to work with business and tech leads to shape a consumer friendly and business practical outcome.
   Jules Polonetsky ,  CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum

Jules PolonetskyCEO of the Future of Privacy Forum


   Ray Everett  , Pioneer in Privacy Risk Management

Ray Everett, Pioneer in Privacy Risk Management

Debra brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and when coupled with her positive and engaging personality, she wins clients over and then proceeds to deliver high value, high quality counsel. She’s been an invaluable leader on my team and it’s been a pleasure working with her.

Debra’s knowledge of privacy and passion for this field continually serves as an inspiration to me. She keeps herself on top of cutting edge trends and technology while having a deep understanding of the law and policy issues affecting businesses today. Moreover, her dynamic personality, her energetic attitude and her drive to succeed makes collaborating with her always a pleasure.
   Anwesa Paul Goswami  , Chief Privacy Counsel at American Express

Anwesa Paul Goswami, Chief Privacy Counsel at American Express


   Michael Spadea  , U.S. Practice & Assurance Lead at Promontory

Michael Spadea, U.S. Practice & Assurance Lead at Promontory

I’ve known Debra for the past several years. I was so impressed with her after our first meeting that I brought her onboard as one of our independent consultants. I enjoy discussing current regulatory events with her. She always has very practical advice on compliance. She is very commercially oriented and does an excellent job weighing the costs of compliance, effect on culture, and the risks posed by to both by level of intrusiveness by controls. Debra “gets it”.

I first met Debra when she joined the IAPP Training Faculty and we taught a class together. I was immediately impressed with her intelligence, enthusiasm, and depth of privacy knowledge.
   Rebecca Herold  , CEO of The Privacy Professor | SIMBUS360 Co-Founder

Rebecca Herold, CEO of The Privacy Professor | SIMBUS360 Co-Founder


   Joanne Furtsch  , Director, Policy & Data Governance at TRUSTe

Joanne Furtsch, Director, Policy & Data Governance at TRUSTe

Debra has a passion for privacy and security she couples with her passion for bringing people together. She is one of the co-founders of the successful networking group - Women in Security and Privacy. Her leadership was a key driver in building the group’s membership, and developing a forum for privacy professionals to network, exchange ideas, and mentor one another.

Debra is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Privacy Officer with an excellent grasp of the depth of the current regulatory landscape. She has a proven ability to develop policy, has shown the ability to provide strategic business and technical requirements, and has been pivotal in driving awareness within the organization to effectuate change.
   Eric Banks ,  CISO at The Advisory Board Company

Eric BanksCISO at The Advisory Board Company


   JoAnne Stonier ,  Global Privacy & Data Protection Officer at MasterCard | Former CPO at American Express

JoAnne StonierGlobal Privacy & Data Protection Officer at MasterCard | Former CPO at American Express

Debra was a valued member of the American Express Privacy team. During her tenure at American Express she was responsible for ensuring compliance for several American Express online programs and for re-writing the online privacy notice. It was a pleasure to work with Debra and to have her on my staff.

I had the privilege of hiring Debra to provide some global privacy analyses for me as part of a larger product strategy effort. She provided a very thorough analysis, in a short time. She was a pleasure to work with, and not only understood what I was asking for but improved on what I was asking. I would hire her again for her privacy expertise.
   Bill Reid ,  SVP and CISO at SCI Solutions

Bill ReidSVP and CISO at SCI Solutions


   Beth Sipula ,  Global Data Privacy Expert / Strategic Adviser

Beth SipulaGlobal Data Privacy Expert / Strategic Adviser

Debra is an exceptional privacy and security leader. There’s no problem too big or small that she couldn’t solve and she’s a pleasure to work with! I hope to have the opportunity to continue to work with Debra in the future.

As the head of legal for a big data company, I worked with Debra on structuring our internal compliance policies regarding data protection. Her knowledge of HIPAA and other privacy laws/regulations were invaluable and she delivered just what we needed. I recommend her services.
   Michael Brandis  , Head of Legal at Ginger.io

Michael Brandis, Head of Legal at Ginger.io


   Heidi Wachs  , Special Counsel at Jenner & Block

Heidi Wachs, Special Counsel at Jenner & Block

Debra is well-respected in the privacy community for her broad, international appreciation for privacy across a range of industries and sectors. One of her most prominent strengths is the ability to collaborate across the enterprise including with members of the IT organization, such as developers and project managers, to provide requirements that facilitate privacy by design. She is an excellent communicator.

Debra performed an important multi-faceted role for Numera. She not only handled our privacy/security issues and planning, but also served as THE Product Manager for an innovative social health application. I really enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm that Debra brought to the role, and watched her embrace a totally new set of skills and learning in the Product Management side. It’s clear that Debra is an industry expert who can navigate the important, tough, detailed waters of health industry privacy and security matters. But she is also still more than that, a product enthusiast and team member who will pitch in and make great things happen.
   Alan Yates  , VP, Business DEvelopment at Firefly Systems | Former VP, Product at Numera

Alan Yates, VP, Business DEvelopment at Firefly Systems | Former VP, Product at Numera


 Jeremy Johnson, Head of Engineering / Security Officer at Ginger.io

Jeremy Johnson, Head of Engineering / Security Officer at Ginger.io

As Security Officer, I hired Debra to perform a gap analysis of our existing policies with legal requirements and update our privacy policy. In addition to her quality written work, she was instrumental in working with myself and the executive team on navigating complex issues such as understanding in what situations we are a Business Associate versus a Personal Health Record. We were very pleased with her work and would hire her again when we require her expertise.

While it is impossible to convey in this limited area the depth and breadth of Debra’s impact on our organization, I will attempt to relate as much as possible. From her ability to create change in corporate culture and attitudes to the creation of specific policies and procedures Debra is an integral leader on the privacy team. She is able to think at the strategic level as well as roll her sleeves up and get her hands dirty when necessary. I have been honored to work with her and would highly recommend her.
   Ben Gawiser  , VP of Engineering at Hive9 | Former VP at The Advisory Board Company

Ben Gawiser, VP of Engineering at Hive9 | Former VP at The Advisory Board Company