Heather West

Heather West

Member, Internet Society Board of Trustees


Heather is a policy and tech translator, product consultant, and long-term internet strategist guiding the intersection of emerging technologies, culture, governments, and policy. Areas of focus include digital identity, data governance, data security, net neutrality, privacy, and intermediary liability protections in the digital age. She is a Director on the Privacy Policy team at Facebook, leading policy development around the company’s work to develop new, privacy protective product experiences and to build policy frameworks that create accountability and privacy protective decision making across the company. Previously, Heather led policy work for the Americas at Mozilla, with a global focus on data governance.

She works with stakeholders and policymakers in DC as well as global product and policy teams and was recognized as one of the 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy. She helped found the public policy team at CloudFlare, a website performance and security company, served as global and Federal privacy and security issue expert on Google’s public policy team, and started her career working on government technology, privacy, and identity management at the public interest group Center for Democracy and Technology.

She holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from Wellesley College with concentrations in philosophy and legal studies, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). She serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Future of Privacy Forum. She is also recognized as a Christian Science Monitor Passcode Influencer and a member of The Washington Post’s The Network:\, a collection of cybersecurity experts.