Rachel has spent her career studying, creating and implementing digital policy in the academic, private industry, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining TAG, Thomas served as Vice President of Advocacy & Accountability at the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), advocating DMA’s data policy agenda before Congress and federal agencies on behalf of thousands of business and nonprofit organizations. She served concurrently as Executive Director of DMA’s Data-Driven Marketing Institute (DDMI), facilitating academic teams in conducting independent research exploring how the responsible use of consumer data shapes industry, society, and the economy.
Previously, Rachel led The McGraw-Hill Companies’ regulatory compliance efforts relating to customer privacy, auditing worldwide operations, training more than 2,000 employees annually and providing compliance consultation to a global corps of 80 Privacy Officials in more than 40 countries.
Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities from Yale University and a Masters of Policy Management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She has held the Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP) distinction from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) since 2008. Her scholarship on cybersecurity public-private partnerships has been published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Thomson Reuters Press.