WASHINGTON – Kendall Burman, former Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel, will join CDT as its Senior National Security Fellow.
As Associate White House Counsel, Burman’s portfolio included science and technology, open government and intellectual property. Before joining the White House staff, she served as Chief Staff Counsel to the Obama Presidential campaign.
At CDT, Burman will work on issues at the intersection of civil liberties, national security, and technology, including cybersecurity and electronic surveillance. Her one-year fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Markle Foundation.
"Kendall brings a wealth of Washington experience to our national security team,” CDT President Leslie Harris said. “She is a talented lawyer who has demonstrated the kind of legal acumen and judgment that we value. Kendall is also a convenor – a person who from day one can bring people together and focus them on a common goal.”
Before her work for candidate and President Obama, Burman was a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins. She received her law degree from the University of Chicago, where she was an editor of the law review.