Leslie Harris

Former President & CEO, CDT

A recognized global leader in Internet policy, Leslie Harris served as the President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology (“CDT”)  for nearly 9 years.

Under Ms. Harris’ leadership, CDT  significantly grew its capacity, deepened its expertise and expanded its influence. Among other things, this included launching CDT West to increase Silicon Valley’s participation in critical policy issues; launching CDT’s Health Privacy Project to develop the next generation of health privacy protections; and significantly expanding CDT’s capacity to respond to emerging global Internet policy and governance challenges.

Ms. Harris is a widely-recognized expert for her work on policy issues related to civil liberties, new technologies and the Internet including free expression, government and consumer privacy, cyber security, Internet governance and global Internet freedom.