Attorney, Member of the Firm
Deb is a seasoned legal and business executive with nearly twenty-five years of unique experiences in the public, corporate, and nonprofit sectors. Leveraging her knowledge of consumer protection, data and privacy, and cybersecurity law, Deb is adept at balancing legal, policy, and operational considerations on behalf of her clients. She is also widely known for her broad and deep understanding of complex personal data flows in the technology and communications sectors.
Before joining Outside GC, Deb served as General Counsel for the Washington D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer, the 600-person agency providing communications, applications, cybersecurity, and technology support to D.C.’s government agencies and workers. In this role, Deb negotiated communications and application contracts and crafted data sharing and nondisclosure agreements. She also worked directly with the General Counsel for the Mayor of the District of Columbia on vaccine mandates, vaccine incentives, and other top priorities of Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Previously, Deb held leadership roles in several political and nonprofit organizations focused on transforming political advocacy through innovative technology, including VoteWithMe, a mobile app that made novel use of voter data to improve voter turnout in the 2018 General Election.
Deb served as Vice President for Privacy at CTIA, a trade association representing the wireless telecommunications industry, where she established a new privacy program offering members a robust voice in policy, legal, and technical debates over consumer privacy. During her time at CTIA, Deb testified before Congress, educated lawmakers and executive branch officials in private meetings, prepared filings to government agencies, represented the mobile wireless industry in press interviews, and spoke at policy symposia and conferences. She educated and cultivated relationships with Fortune 100 C-Suite leaders and helped to shape corporate advocacy related to core business units and new technologies. Deb also served as an appointee to the Federal Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, providing advice to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on policy, operational, administrative, and technological issues related to personally identifiable information.
Earlier in her career, Deb spent ten years at the Federal Trade Commission, first as a litigator responsible for fraud and unfairness cases, and then a senior legal and policy advisor to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. During this period, her work focused on matters setting new standards in data privacy and security (including pathbreaking cases involving Google and Facebook), digital platform dominance, financial reform, and environmental and health advertising claims.
She began her legal career as a clerk for both the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and later as an associate with Covington & Burling, where she advised early “dot-com” technology clients on international, federal, and state privacy laws and practices, as well as food, dietary supplement, and medical device companies on compliance issues related to their advertising claims and marketing programs.
In her free time, Deb has served her community as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Washington, D.C., working with government agencies to help residents with social services, zoning, and regulatory compliance. She has volunteered to teach English as a Second Language to newly-arrived residents, and she prepared income tax returns for low-income families. She also provided pro bono legal aid through the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, assisting tenants in disputes with landlords and providing legal counsel to low-income residents of the District of Columbia.
Deb received her undergraduate degree in Biology with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. with highest honors from George Washington University Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, DC. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).Deb is a long-time resident of Washington D.C. and an enthusiastic world traveler. She can often be found at her family’s home on the Delaware shore.