Director, Global Privacy and Data Security Counsel

Alexandra Ross is the founder of The Privacy Guru and Director, Global Privacy and Data Security Counsel at Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Previously she was Senior Counsel at Paragon Legal and Associate General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores. She is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT and FIP) and practices in San Francisco, California. She holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and a B.S. in theater from Northwestern University.

Alexandra launched The Privacy Guru blog in January of 2014 to facilitate a safe, engaging space for people of all walks of life to learn about privacy and security.  Her mission is to demystify complex privacy issues and help us make mindful privacy choices that align with our personal values.  Her ebook Privacy for Humans (available on Amazon and iTunes) is a guide for technology lovers who want to embrace the future with enhanced awareness of data privacy and security issues.


Contributions by Alexandra Ross

  • Member of Privacy Bar Section Advisory Board 2021 - 2022
  • ERM 2.0: Driving Business Strategy and Operations in Alignment with Privacy
    Web Conference Speaker
  • Speaker at IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2020 - Canceled
  • Speaker at IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2020 - Canceled
  • Speaker at IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2020 - Canceled
  • From GDPR to CCPA and Beyond: Adapting a GDPR Programme for Global Privacy Laws
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2019
  • Member of Education Advisory Board 2019 - 2020
  • BCRs: 'Best case route' or 'better call reinforcements'?
    The Privacy Advisor
  • Global Workplace Diversity: Meeting Company Goals While Protecting Privacy
    Speaker at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2018
  • Privacy by Design in the Selection and Management of Cloud Service Providers
    Web Conference Speaker
  • Practical and Risk-Based GDPR Compliance in an Uncertain Environment
    Speaker at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2017
  • Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About the Data Protection Officer (But Were Afraid to Ask)
    Speaker at San Francisco Bay Area KnowledgeNet: September 7, 2017
  • Operationalizing Privacy Tech - A Privacy Pro's Perspective
    Web Conference Speaker
  • A strategic approach to vendor-management under the GDPR
    The Privacy Advisor
  • Member of Publications Advisory Board 2017 - 2018