Alex has served as Director of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program since July 2019. In this role, he is responsible for the management and administration of the Privacy Shield program, as well as policy regarding transatlantic data privacy, data flows, and digital trade issues. Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Alex served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Communications and Internet Policy at the U.S. Department of State. In that role, he was responsible for global data privacy issues, surveillance, law enforcement access to data, civil liberties, data flows, digital trade, as well as digital economy policy in Europe. Previously, from 2016 to 2017, Alex served at the White House as Senior Policy Advisor for Economic and Technology Policy at the National Economic Council. His responsibilities included EU-U.S. Privacy Shield implementation, EU Digital Single Market engagement, G-20 digital economy outcome negotiations, China digital economy and cybersecurity issues, APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules expansion, and a range of other matters at the intersection of technology and foreign policy. From 2015 to 2016, Alex served as Director for the European Union, Southern Europe, and European Economic Affairs at the National Security Council, and oversaw the negotiation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Alex was a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State for 18 years.
ITIF hosted a panel discussion on a new report on global data localization and what policymakers need to develop new rules, norms, frameworks, and agreements to support data flows.