Vice President for Public Policy, Center for Democracy & Technology
Member, Markle Initiative for America’s Economic Future in a Networked World
Member, Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age

Jim Dempsey is Vice President for Public Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a non-profit public policy organization focused on privacy and other issues affecting the future of the Internet. Dempsey joined CDT in 1997 and served as Executive Director from 2003 to 2005. He currently heads CDT’s West Coast office in San Francisco. Dempsey also serves as a part-time member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent agency within the Executive Branch. At CDT, Dempsey has concentrated on privacy and national security issues. He coordinates Digital Due Process, a diverse coalition of companies, advocacy groups and think tanks working to update standards for government surveillance. Prior to joining CDT, Dempsey was Deputy Director of the non-profit Center for National Security Studies. From 1985 to 1995, he was assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights.

Markle Affiliations

  • Former Steering Group Member
  • Health Collaborator
  • Markle Initiative Members
  • Markle Task Force
  • Work Group on Consumer Access Policies
  • Work Group on Consumer Authentication Policies