Board of Directors

Peter Hanna

Peter Hanna is an accomplished data privacy, cybersecurity, and intellectual property lawyer, and has broad experience working with clients, non-profits, and policymakers on many of the most cutting-edge issues at the intersection of technology and law. Combining a background in electrical engineering with broad legal experience across different industries and practice areas, Peter has testified before lawmakers and presented on significant data privacy and security trends, issues, and implications throughout the United States and abroad.

In addition to serving as one of the Founding Directors of the Digital Privacy Alliance, Peter is also the President of the ACLU of Illinois’ Next Generation Society.

Derek Eder

Derek is a civic technologist and one of the leaders of the open government community in Chicago. He is founder and partner at DataMade, a company that tells stories and builds tools with data, co-founder of Open City, a collective that makes civic apps to to improve transparency and understanding of our government, and organizer for the Chi Hack Night, Chicago’s premier weekly event for building civic technology with open data.

He has built and collaborated on dozens of civic applications including ClearStreets, 2nd City Zoning, Chicago Lobbyists, Look at Cook, Chicago Councilmatic and Dedupe.

Ari Scharg

Ari J. Scharg is a Partner at Edelson PC, a consumer protection firm based in Chicago and San Francisco. His practice focuses on privacy issues arising from emerging surveillance technologies, including facial recognition applications and beacon tracking programs, and he works closely with the technologists at Edelson’s in-house lab to test Internet of Things devices for data security and integrity vulnerabilities. Ari also serves on the inaugural Executive Oversight Council for the Array of Things, where he advices on privacy and information security matters, and was appointed as an Observer to the Uniform Law Commission’s Identity Management in Electronic Commerce, Study Committee.

Ari has worked with various lawmakers across the country on emerging technology issues. He speaks regularly about privacy at law schools and conferences, and has testified before the Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Commerce and Trade about the privacy implications raised by the surging data mining and brokerage industry.

John Carroll

John Carroll is a highly skilled litigator and technologist. He has tried hundreds of cases, taking over over 30 juries to verdict. John is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and a former member of the Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar.


Matthew Erickson

Industry Outreach Director

Matt's passion is the intersection of social justice and technology. As Industry Outreach Director, he is responsible for bringing together the sectors of the tech industry that respect user privacy and enables them to speak with one voice in legislatures across the country. In addition, he represents that same voice of the tech industry within the DPA as the it considers and supports new privacy legislation and policy.

His career has taken him from biofuel and climate change research at his alma mater, the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, to Vice President of Engineering at SpiderOak where he continues to advance the state of the art in secure and private online tools. Alongside his responsibilities at the DPA and SpiderOak, Matt also serves on the Intellectual and Financial committees as part of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation.

Kimberly Rhoten

Social Impact Director

Kimberly M. Rhoten is a lawyer, social worker and activist. She received her Juris Doctorate from The University of Chicago Law School as well as simultaneous certification from the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy. Kimberly is primarily tasked with the impact of digital privacy issues on already marginalized communities and allies.

Kimberly has worked in conjunction with a wide array of social justice movements, both domestically and internationally, including gender based violence, rights of non-citizens, human trafficking and the rights of gender non-conforming persons. In 2013, The University of Chicago Law School granted her the Public Service Initiative award to support her Research Fellowship at the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology in India where she completed a study on the relationship between sex worker rights and human trafficking. She later continued her research and advocacy work as the Assistant Director of the Centre where she worked in conjunction with several grass roots human rights efforts to produce policy briefs and legal scholarship to effect social reform.  Kimberly acts a pro bono legal advocate through the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, the Pro Bono Network and the Travelers’ Assistance Project. 


Legislative Director

As Legislative Director, Jacob advocates on behalf of the Digital Privacy Alliance in statehouses across the country. He is also an Attorney at Edelson PC where he focuses on policy and works with the firm's investigation team. Jacob has long been dedicated to public interest and currently is a Next Generation Board Member of La Casa Norte, a nonprofit dedicated to serving youth and families confronting homelessness, and is a Member of Equality Illinois' Political Action Committee.

Jacob received his Juris Doctorate from American University's Washington College of Law while also receiving a Masters in International Affairs from American University's School of International Service. He has previously clerked for the United States Department of Homeland Security's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, United States Senator Richard J. Durbin, and worked as Assistant Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. 



Jeff Hamburg is an attorney and government policy adviser.  He counsels large corporations, startups, and policymakers on digital privacy issues and compliance.  He advises highly regulated clients on data collection and use in areas of insurance, credit, health records, telecommunications, and gaming.  Jeff also works with lawmakers and stakeholders such as Advance Illinois (student privacy) and The Innocence Project (criminal justice reform).  Previously, Jeff has served as a policy analyst with Obama for America’s 2012 campaign headquarters, and as a federal lobbyist before Congress and executive agencies.

Jeff received his B.A. from Duke University and J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.