Alvaro Bedoya

Alvaro Bedoya is the founding Executive Director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology

He is an expert on digital privacy issues, including big data, commercial data collection, NSA surveillance and cybersecurity, with a focus on their impact on communities of color. He is an informational resource to policymakers, advocates, and journalists. His work and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, Slate and the Washington Post.

Prior to joining the Center, he served as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law and to its chairman, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.). In this role, he was the staff negotiator for significant portions of both the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and the USA FREEDOM Act, a bipartisan surveillance reform bill. He also advised Senator Franken in crafting other legislation on mobile location privacy, health data privacy and NSA transparency, and worked to improve privacy protections for biometric technology like facial recognition and fingerprint readers.

Outside of work, Alvaro serves on the Board of Directors of the Esperanza Education Fund, a status-blind college scholarship for immigrant students that he co-founded in 2009. The Esperanza Fund has awarded more than half a million dollars in scholarships since its founding. Alvaro was born in Peru and raised in upstate New York. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he received the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.