Elise Houlik, CIPP/US



VP, Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection

Elise Houlik is Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel on Mastercard’s Privacy and Data Protection legal team.  Based in the company’s Global Headquarters in New York, Elise manages a cross-functional team of lawyers responsible for ensuring privacy and data protection compliance while advancing business innovation utilizing a privacy by design methodology.  She is engaged in product development processes including core business, digital payments, marketing, and enterprise partnerships on a worldwide basis.  Elise oversees detailed analysis of emerging data protection laws, regulations and policies across the globe, counseling teams on the impact the changing privacy regulatory environment has on the company and its strategic objectives.
Elise formerly served at Associate General Counsel at Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C.  As lead Privacy & Cybersecurity Counsel for the company, she advised on a number of wide-scale privacy and data security matters and served as a strategic partner with business divisions throughout the company to implement best practices.  Her responsibilities ranged from risk analysis and governance over the transmission, security, use and management of corporate and personally identifiable information, to the development of policies, procedures and training over the same.  Elise provided legal guidance on compliance with relevant state, federal, and international data protection regulations; data breach event response and remediation; insider threat management; emerging technologies; social media; mobile applications; and negotiation of contract terms and non-disclosure agreements concerning the protection of personal and corporate confidential data.  She also served the company’s primary counsel on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) matters, and was actively engaged in the preparation and delivery of responses to regulatory bodies concerning privacy and information security matters.
Active in the greater privacy community, Elise is on the Steering Committee of the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 11 (Data Security & Privacy Liability).  She is Senior Editor of the group’s first publication, the Data Privacy Primer.  In Washington, D.C., Elise served as Co-Chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Washington, DC KnowledgeNet Chapter.
Elise received a juris doctor from George Washington University Law School after completing her bachelor of arts studies in English at Johns Hopkins University.  She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) and is admitted in the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and as In-House Counsel in the State of New York.


Contributions by Elise Houlik

  • Together, We Are Better: Designing an Effective Privacy and Data Protection Team
    Speaker at IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2019