Ann Waldo, JD
Ann Waldo joined Genetic Alliance in 2009 as Senior Counsel. She advises on public policy matters, including privacy, gene patenting, genetic discrimination, newborn screening, and health IT. She also serves as Partner in the law firm of Oldaker, Belair & Wittie, LLP, providing counsel and advocacy on privacy and information management, with special focus on HIPAA and consumer protection health privacy.
Ann has extensive experience in privacy. She served as global Chief Privacy Officer for Lenovo, a worldwide computer manufacturer, where she led privacy compliance in human resources, marketing, and product development, and served as a public policy advocate on national and international privacy issues. She was also the Chief Privacy Officer at Hoffmann-La Roche, handling privacy compliance and best practices in U.S. marketing, human relations, HIPAA, and clinical research. She was actively involved with the International Pharmaceutical Privacy Consortium. She worked in Public Policy at GlaxoSmithKline, providing legislative support on privacy, infectious disease, and other health policy issues. Previously, she served as in-house counsel at IBM, working on consumer protection, marketing, and e-business. Prior to IBM, she was a commercial litigator and handled tax legislation for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.
A frequent public speaker, Ann is active in the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Carolina Privacy Officials Network, has consulted with foreign governments regarding privacy laws, and has represented the US government in APEC privacy talks in Korea and Australia. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional.
Ann graduated from The University of North Carolina School of Law with high honors in 1995. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she holds a BA summa cum laude in Religion from Ohio Wesleyan University. She welcomes the opportunity to assist Genetic Alliance with its public policy mission.