Caitlin Fennessy
U.S. International Trade Administration
Privacy Shield Team Lead

Caitlin Fennessy leads the Privacy Shield Team at the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA).

The EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks, which ITA administers, enable thousands of companies to transfer personal data from Europe to the United States in compliance with data protection laws to support transatlantic commerce.

Since joining ITA in 2009, Caitlin has focused on privacy policy and transborder data flow issues as they impact trade. Caitlin leads ITA’s work on European privacy issues and from 2014 through 2016 served as part of the Department of Commerce’s EU-U.S. Privacy Shield negotiating team.  Following the adoption of the Framework, Caitlin became the Department of Commerce’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) Liaison under the Privacy Shield.  

In 2016 and 2017, Caitlin served on the Research Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Caitlin was as an adjunct professor of international privacy policy at the University of Maine School of Law in 2016 and 2015 and at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2014.  Prior to joining ITA, Caitlin worked in the National Security Division of the Office of Management and Budget and with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Caitlin has a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in social policy from Northwestern University.