Alexander Joel, CIPP/G, CIPP/US


American University Washington College of Law

Scholar-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor

Alex Joel is the Chief of the Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency (CLPT) for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). CLPT works to ensure that the Intelligence Community carries out its national security mission in a manner that protects privacy and civil liberties, and provides appropriate public transparency.

As Chief of CLPT, Mr. Joel serves as the Civil Liberties Protection Officer, a position established by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Protection Act of 2004. Reporting directly to the Director of National Intelligence, the Civil Liberties Protection Officer’s responsibilities include ensuring that the protection of privacy and civil liberties is appropriately incorporated in Intelligence Community policies and procedures.

In addition, Mr. Joel serves as the ODNI’s Chief Transparency Officer, and coordinates the IC’s efforts to enhance transparency, consistent with the Principles of Intelligence Transparency.

Mr. Joel began his professional career as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He then worked as a technology attorney at a Washington, D.C. law firm, and as the privacy, technology, and e-commerce attorney for Marriott International. Following 9/11, he was motivated to re-enter public service and worked as an attorney in the Central Intelligence Agency. He joined the ODNI when it was stood up in 2005.

Mr. Joel formerly served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Mr. Joel received his law degree from the University of Michigan, and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.


Contributions by Alexander Joel

  • Speaking Truth to Power and Whistleblowing
    Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2020
  • Baking It In: Privacy Governance by Design in Large Organizations
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2019
  • Legitimate Intelligence in Transparent Democracies
    Moderator at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2017
  • Conducting Legitimate Espionage in a Transparent Society
    Moderator at Global Privacy Summit 2017
  • So We Have Privacy Shield: Now What?
    Speaker at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2016
  • How to Ensure Privacy Isn’t Only for the Privileged
    Speaker at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2016
  • National Security and Privacy: Not Just for Citizens?
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2016
  • Privacy across Borders: Maintaining Global Trust in Overseas Data Sharing
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2016