ITRC Committee Members Biographies
Nell Merlino is the Founding Chairwoman of the PBB Trust™ and serves on the PBB Board of Directors where she drives data independence and protection. Ms. Merlino has mobilized more than 20 million people in movements to promote women’s economic independence. She helped to develop Walmart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment program and served as Pathways Envoy for the US State Department promoting entrepreneurship. Ms. Merlino is the author of “Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want it Their Way in Life, in Love, and at Work” from Broadway Books, available on Amazon, and “Cracking the Glass Ceiling and Raising the Roof,” in MIT Innovations Journal, Winter/Spring 2013.
Jonathan Sasse has served as Chief Marketing Officer for First Orion and PrivacyStar (a First Orion company) since early 2013, providing web and mobile solutions to protect consumers from unwanted calls. Over the past 15 years, Jonathan has led technology startups to deliver consumer electronics, web and mobile applications, and services to over 100 million consumers. These companies include Rio, iriver, Slacker Radio, PrivacyStar, and First Orion.
Lelani Clark is the PR Director for best-selling author and nationally recognized cybersecurity, privacy and identity theft expert Adam Levin. Ms. Clark's expertise is in helping high profile industry and celebrity experts build their brand. She is in charge of creating dynamic PR and Marketing campaigns, securing national media hits and increasing overall brand recognition. Ms. Clark graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science.
Eric Lindeen, is the vice president and head of marketing of ID Analytics in San Diego. Mr. Lindeen is responsible for ID Analytics’ overall marketing and communications strategy as well as its brand and demand generation programs. He speaks at numerous industry conferences and been quoted in media outlets ranging from The Huffington Post to American Banker. Mr. Lindeen holds a master’s degree in marketing and accounting and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.
Mike Cook is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of XOR Data Exchange and has more than 25 years of experience building data sharing solutions for risk, operational efficiencies, and compliance. In 2002, Mr. Cook co-founded ID Analytics, building it from concept stage into a high-growth, profitable company serving more than 280 enterprise clients, including five million consumers. He was also a member of the executive team which developed Consumer Credit Associates (now Innovis) into the “fourth national credit bureau” and he has held senior management roles with Experian, Early Warning Services and American Express.
Khurram Gore currently serves as the General Counsel and Chief Strategy Officer at Personal BlackBox Company, PBC. In 2016, Mr. Gore was named as one of “America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel” by the National Law Journal for Innovation and Leadership, and a “Rising Star” by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. His work has focused on PBB’s roadmap strategy to deliver an enabling B2B platform that empowers individuals to collect their personal data, have transparency and control over access, and benefit from self-quantification / analytics in private.
Mark Pribish is the Vice President & ID Theft Practice Leader at Merchant's Information Solutions and has more than 26 years of experience in working with financial institutions, associations, and Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States. His background includes the sales and marketing of B2B identity theft programs, cyber liability insurance, and data breach response solutions through Affinity Marketing and Risk Management programs. Mr. Pribish is recognized within the ID Theft, Insurance and Risk Management industries as a leader in developing innovative ID theft programs for employees and customers.
Roberta Aronoff is a director with CohnReznick Advisory Group who specializes in human resource consulting. Her experience includes the development and implementation of job descriptions, performance appraisal systems, pay administration processes, departmental policies and procedures, employee handbooks, compensation and benefit review studies, company-wide mentorship programs, and training and development programs on topics such as leadership training and HRIS systems.
Paul Bond is a lead U.S. attorney in data security compliance and partner with Reed Smith, LLP. Bond has counseled a broad swath of clients in more than 200 data security breach situations and has helped defend more than 60 privacy-related class actions. He is a member of the Global Regulatory Enforcement Group and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The Legal 500 United States has recognized Paul for his work on data security and regulatory compliance; he has been featured in the annual "40 Under 40" section of the New Jersey Law Journal, an American Lawyer Media publication, and selected as one of four "Rising Stars" in privacy and consumer protection law by Law 360.
Susan Grant is the Director of Consumer Protection with the Consumer Federation of America where she focuses on the issues of privacy, identity theft, telemarketing and other general consumer protection issues. Ms. Grant heads CFA’s Consumer Protection Institute, conducts CFA’s annual Consumer Complaint Survey, and is a recognized authority on combating consumer fraud and deception. Grant started her career in 1976 in the Consumer Protection Division of the Northwestern Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office and subsequently held positions at the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators and National Consumers League before joining the CFA staff in 2008.
Sheryl Reichert is the President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties. She has been in her position for 13 years. During that time she has also served on the board of the National Council of Better Business Bureaus, as well as chairing the Bureau of Operations Committee, which has oversight of all the BBB's in the US, Canada and Mexico. Ms. Reichert previously ran the advertising sales division of Cox Communications and Time Warner in San Diego.