Mastercard Names Erika Brown Lee as Assistant General Counsel for Privacy and Data Protection

Brown Lee will lead the team that provides advice for and ensures compliance with privacy and data protection laws across the company's products and services.

Mastercard (No. 7 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) has announced that Erika Brown Lee joined the company this month as senior vice president and assistant general counsel for privacy and data protection. Brown Lee will report to JoAnn Stonier, the company's chief information governance and privacy officer.


She will lead the team that provides advice for and ensures compliance with privacy and data protection laws across the company's products and services. Brown Lee will also work closely with information governance and cybersecurity teams to develop policies and manage regulatory interactions.

Brown Lee joins Mastercard after more than three years at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), where she was the chief privacy and civil liberties officer, serving as a principal advisor to the Attorney General and other senior leaders. In this role, she oversaw compliance for the department's programs and initiatives, while also co-chairing the management team responsible for responding to potential data breaches and cyber incidents.

"Erika brings a unique perspective and experience in managing privacy programs across the government, regulatory, and private sectors," said Tim Murphy, general counsel and chief franchise officer for Mastercard. "We look forward to her contributions in balancing the need for continued innovation with protecting the privacy and security of our customers' data."

Brown Lee joined DOJ after several years in private practice at Norton Rose Fulbright, where she managed data breach analysis and notification procedures and advised clients on state, federal and international data requirements. Earlier in her career, Brown Lee served at the Federal Trade Commission, including in the Division of Privacy & Identity Protection.

Brown Lee holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Miami School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science from Boston College. She is a credentialed Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) for both Europe and the United States.

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