Jamie Danker Joins Venable as Senior Director of Cybersecurity Services


Venable LLP is pleased to announce that Jamie Danker has joined the firm as a senior director of cybersecurity services in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Danker combines her federal government and private sector experience to help clients build more trustworthy systems, products, and services through adoption of cybersecurity and privacy risk management practices.

Ms. Danker brings deep privacy, identity, and cybersecurity knowledge along with diverse perspectives from oversight, operational, and guidance organizations based on her prior roles in government and industry. Prior to joining Venable, she served as the vice president of privacy at Easy Dynamics Corporation, where she led a practice delivering privacy risk management, privacy engineering, and privacy program services. In that role she supported the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in developing the NIST Privacy Framework, released in January 2020, serving as the only contractor member of the framework’s core drafting team. She also advised the General Services Administration (GSA) in establishing a privacy-preserving attribute validation service.

Ms. Danker previously spent 10 years at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in various privacy roles, advocating for building privacy into the earliest stages of systems and program development. She served as the director and senior privacy officer for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), now known as the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and was a privacy officer for the E-Verify Program and associate director for privacy compliance at the DHS Privacy Office. She is a co-author of the privacy requirements and considerations in NIST Special Publication 800-63-3, Digital Identity Guidelines. Ms. Danker began her career at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where she led and contributed to numerous government-wide and agency-specific reviews of privacy and cybersecurity issues.

Ari Schwartz, managing director of cybersecurity services at Venable, said, “With so many new privacy laws and regulations emerging across the globe – and with more likely on the horizon – clients are looking for proactive approaches to assess and mitigate privacy risk in their organizations across all jurisdictions. Jamie’s arrival at Venable will allow the firm to complement our existing work with a more holistic approach to privacy risk management.”

Commenting on her move to Venable, Ms. Danker said, “Venable is renowned for its capabilities in the cybersecurity risk management space. I look forward to collaborating with this prestigious team to develop robust privacy frameworks that enable our clients to protect their digital assets and more easily adapt to the ever-evolving regulatory environment.”

Ms. Danker received her in M.S. in Information Systems Technology and her B.A. in Information Systems from the George Washington University.

Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, high-net-worth entrepreneurs, and other individuals. With more than 850 professionals across the country, including in California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' objectives in the U.S. and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit Venable.com.

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