Elizabeth Laird, smiling wearing a light brown jacket and black top, outdoors in front of a city background.

Elizabeth Laird

Director, Equity in Civic Technology

Elizabeth Laird serves as CDT’s Director, Equity in Civic Technology, where she leads the organization’s work in this critical area. Building on the work she leads in CDT’s Student Privacy Project, her work engages civic institutions to promote the responsible, equitable use of data and technology to improve outcomes for individuals and the public good, while ensuring it does not come at the expense of privacy and civil rights.

Prior to joining CDT, Elizabeth served as deputy assistant superintendent of data, assessment, and research at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), DC’s state education agency. In that role, she served as OSSE’s privacy officer and led the implementation of student privacy training for all staff, reviewed and approved data requests and data systems application releases, and provided guidance to staff on how to collect and protect student data. Before joining OSSE, she was accepted into The Broad Residency in Urban Education and worked at the Louisiana Department of Education where she oversaw the implementation of a restrictive student privacy bill. She began her career in education data and privacy at the Data Quality Campaign, where she worked for seven years, most recently as the director of communications and external affairs.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems.