FPF Welcomes Inaugural Elise Berkower Memorial Fellow


The Fellowship

Earlier this year, FPF launched a new fellowship in memory of Elise Berkower. Elise was a senior privacy executive at global measurement and data analytics company Nielsen for nearly a decade and was a valued, longtime member of the FPF Advisory Board. FPF graciously acknowledges the Berkower Family, Nielsen Foundation, and IAPP as founding sponsors of the Elise Berkower Memorial Fellowship.

The Elise Berkower Memorial Fellowship is a one-year, public interest position for recent law school graduates committed to the advancement of responsible data practices. Candidates are selected based on both academic qualifications and a commitment to the personal qualities exemplified by Elise – collaboration with co-workers, peers and the broader privacy community and a commitment to ethical conduct.

Michelle Bae

We are delighted to welcome the inaugural Elise Berkower Memorial Fellow, Michelle Bae!

Michelle will work on consumer and commercial privacy issues, from technology-specific areas such as advertising practices, drones, wearables, connected cars, and student privacy, to general data management and privacy issues related to ethics, de-identification, algorithms, and the Internet of Things. Focusing on the advancement of responsible data practices, she will be developing industry best practices and standards and filing comments on proposed regulatory actions.

During law school, Michelle worked as a data protection and privacy law intern at Ladas & Parry LLP and a legal intern for the Honorable Judge Timothy S. Driscoll at the Nassau County Commercial Division and the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Prior to law school, Michelle worked in the corporate governance team at Citigroup where she managed board agenda materials with respect to internal data control and developed an online platform.

Michelle earned her J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law and her B.A. in Law from Yonsei University.

Please join us in welcoming Michelle to the team!


FPF is inviting supporters to help us fully fund the Elise Berkower Memorial Fellowship. Donations of all sizes are welcome. Thank you for your support!

  • $1,000 – Friend
  • $2,500 – Supporter
  • $5,000 – Patron