vice president, JPMorgan Chase
Most investment banking technologists don’t maintain a hilarious Twitter account or re-blog GIFs on their Tumblr. But then there’s Amber Baldet.
Baldet does essential work as a VP at JPMorgan Chase, including the implementation of technology solutions for global clients and product development. What really makes her stand out, though, is her online presence and side projects.
She volunteers and teaches an ethics course for Girls Who Code and is certified as an online counseling and suicide intervention specialist. She spoke this past year at DefCon about suicide prevention and how the tech community can harness their skills to help.
The work she’s doing both inside and outside her job makes Baldet worth watching.
Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Prior to entering Congress in 2007, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke succeeded her mother as a member of the New York City Council.
Since then she has become a ranking member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cyber security, Science and Technology. Her work has included being a part of drafting important legislation affecting cyber security, such as the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act, and most recently the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013.
The latter bill aims to support private-public cooperation between industries that manage energy and water supplies, as well as the financial sector, and federal agencies.
attorney general, state of California
While her role as the attorney general of the state of California sets her outside the confines of a security specific job, Kamala Harris has been anything but a bystander when it comes to holding organizations accountable for data security standards.
After being sworn into her position in January 2011, Harris helped the state enforce a privacy law requiring entities, which operate mobile and social apps to make their privacy policies conspicuous to users.
Harris eventually filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit in late 2012, suing Delta Air Lines for its alleged violation of the California Online Privacy Protection Act.
Runa Sandvik, technical adviser, Freedom of the Press Foundation
Runa Sandvik is an independent privacy and security researcher with prominent work done on the Tor Project – which she first began in 2009 as part of Google Summer of Code – and as a technical adviser for the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where she trains journalists on how to use digital security tools.
She also doubles as a journalist herself, penning articles for Forbes regarding the privacy, security and technology space.
While Sandvik doesn’t consider herself a developer, she says she sees herself more as the individual that takes a finished product and dissects it from a technical perspective and the usability aspect.
Isis Agora Lovecruft,
The enigmatic Isis Agora Lovecruft is a 20-something who currently spends much of her time writing code, which she contributes to the development of a censorship detection framework – known as OONI – for The Tor Project. She also works on the Leap Encryption Access Project.
Agora Lovecruft is something of a cryptography and security guru and is most interested in anonymity, secure communications, quantum cryptography, darknets, steganography, AI and neural networks, and pen-testing methodology.
She is a self-described anarchist claiming to be vehemently against inequalities in power dynamics, particularly related to governments.