Mary Ellen Callahan


The Walt Disney Company

Assistant General Counsel, Privacy

Mary Ellen Callahan, now with The Walt Disney Company, was previously chair of Jenner & Block’s Privacy and Information Governance Practice, and has unique and broad experience advising clients at the interface of privacy protection with cybersecurity and national security. A nationally recognized privacy attorney, she served as chief privacy officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from March 2009 until August 2012. She is a prolific writer and speaker on cutting-edge commercial privacy issues. In October 2013, Mary Ellen received the Privacy Vanguard Award, given by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, an annual award honoring the privacy professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, knowledge and creativity in privacy and data protection.