Nuala O'Connor, CIPP/G



SVP, Chief Counsel, Digital Citizenship

Nuala O’Connor

SVP & Chief Counsel, Digital Citizenship



Nuala O’Connor is the Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Digital Citizenship at Walmart. Nuala leads the company’s Digital Citizenship organization, which advances the ethical use of data and responsible use of technology. This team of lawyers, compliance professionals, policy experts, and technologists are responsible for policies and corporate programs in the fields of data privacy and data governance; digital identity; emerging technologies, including ethical AI and biometrics; and information management. 


Before joining Walmart, Nuala served as President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. In the private sector, Nuala has served in a variety of privacy leadership and legal counsel roles at Amazon, GE, and DoubleClick. In the public sector, Nuala served as the first Chief Privacy Officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, and later as Chief Counsel for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She began her legal career in private practice at Sidley Austin, Venable, and Hudson Cook. Nuala’s professional career also includes experience in publishing, higher education administration, and retail leadership, completing the management training program at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.


Nuala, who is originally from Belfast, holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband Peter Bass, their six children, and their three dogs.


Contributions by Nuala O'Connor

  • Chief Counsel, Digital Citizenship
    Speaker at Virtual Manchester/Leeds KnowledgeNet: 13 October 2020
  • Creating an Ascendant Career in Privacy – A Conversation with Nuala O’Connor
    Speaker at IAPP Summit Sessions 2020 Online