Sharon Bradford Franklin is Co-Director of CDT’s Security and Surveillance Project. She leads advocacy on a broad range of issues involving surveillance, civil liberties, and civil rights.
Before joining CDT, Sharon was the policy director for New America’s Open Technology Institute, where she directed OTI’s policy work on issues including cybersecurity, encryption, freedom of expression online, government surveillance, privacy, and transparency and platform accountability.
From 2013 through 2017, Sharon served as executive director of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent federal agency that reviews counterterrorism programs to ensure that they include appropriate safeguards for privacy and civil liberties. Her work included reviewing government surveillance programs, cybersecurity, and other counterterrorism activities. Previously, she served as senior counsel at the Constitution Project, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, where she worked on a range of issues involving national security and privacy and civil liberties, including surveillance policies, cybersecurity, government secrecy, individual privacy, and detention policies. She also served as a member of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee for the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.
Sharon has also served as a trial attorney in the Housing & Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, worked on civil rights policy matters as a special counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, and served as executive director of the Washington Council of Lawyers. She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jane R. Roth. Sharon graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.