FPF Hires Director of Communications – Melanie Bates

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We are delighted to welcome Melanie Bates to the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) as of April 11, 2016 as our new Director of Communications. In this new position, Melanie will be responsible for all FPF communications requirements including website updates, media relations, internal member communications, and social media presence. She will also assist with development of FPF’s strategic communication plan, and support availability of written or in-person representation of FPF’s position on important public policy questions on consumer privacy issues.

Melanie came to us from her role as the Director of Policy & Communications at the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital (ACLU-DC). Prior to ACLU-DC, she was the Legislative Director for Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells at the Council of the District of Columbia. Melanie was the 2014-2015 President of the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women’s Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC). She also served on the National Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Melanie is a graduate of the DC Bar Leadership Academy and the New Leaders Council Institute (NLC), Washington, DC Chapter.

Melanie earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Hampton University in 2007 and her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2011.

We are excited to have Melanie on board as FPF continues to grow its impact within the public policy discussion on the responsible use of data in consumer and commercial privacy issues.  For inputs or questions about FPF’s work, please contact Melanie at [email protected]