FPF Welcomes New Staff to Focus on Artificial Intelligence and Mobility


FPF is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its team, Dr. Sara Jordan and Chelsey Colbert

As individuals’ personal data is increasingly used by algorithmic systems that employ machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, the benefits to consumers, businesses and society are evident, but so are the privacy risks. In her role as policy counsel, Sara will lead FPF’s efforts to create an ethical review process that can provide trusted vetting of research projects. She will also support the organization’s work on artificial intelligence and machine learning and emerging ethical questions relating to privacy and data protection. 

Her profile includes privacy implications of data sharing, data and AI review boards, privacy analysis of AI and Machine Learning (AI/ML) technologies, and analysis of the ethics challenges of AI/ ML. Sara is an active member of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Prior to working at FPF, Sara was faculty in the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech (2014-2020) and in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong (2007- 2013).

Similarly, individuals’ geolocation data is increasingly collected, used, and shared as part of businesses ranging from connected cars and scooter rentals to mobile apps and online advertising. While FPF recognizes the benefits of geolocation data that lead to the development of safer vehicles and more personalized services, we acknowledge the privacy risks associated with sensitive data use. Chelsey will serve as policy counsel, leading FPF’s portfolio on mobility and location data, including connected cars, autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing, micro-mobility, drones, and robotics. 

Prior to FPF, Chelsey was an associate at an international business law firm in Canada and was seconded as in-house privacy and data governance counsel to Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company that designs and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest challenges. Chelsey holds a J.D. with a major in technology law and policy from the University of Ottawa.