Meet City of Seattle’s New Chief Privacy Officer (CPO): Susan Goodman

Susan Goodman

Susan Goodman

Susan Goodman knows a lot about data and information – how to collect, maintain, manage and dispose of data, carefully. She also knows about the delicate balance between transparent government and protecting its citizen’s Privacy.

Susan brings impressive credentials to Seattle. She has a Master’s Degree and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional with extensive experience – in the US and globally – in both the public and private sectors, in-house and as a consultant. From the City and County of Albany, NY, to NY State Govt., the Public Utilities Board of Brownsville, Texas, the Town of Wethersfield, CT, Consumer Reports, Bank of America, Citigroup and others – she developed, led and enhanced Records Management and Privacy programs. Susan was also an adjunct professor of Records Administration at Wayne State University. She speaks at conferences and contributes to technical publications to advance Privacy and Information Governance.

Under the leadership of Mayor Murray, in November 2014 the City launched its Privacy Initiative, led by the Seattle Police Department and Department of Information Technology. The initiative defined how the City collects, uses, and disposes of data in a manner that balances the needs of the City to conduct its business with individual privacy. Seattle is one of the first cities in the nation to establish its own privacy principles to protect personal information. City partners and vendors are instructed to follow the same guidelines.

As Seattle’s Chief Privacy Officer, Susan looks forward to collaborating with all City departments, the Community Technology Advisory Board, the Council, Seattle’s advocacy committee and others to continue to build and to lead a cutting edge Privacy program and to earn the public’s trust in how the City collects and uses data.

“I was very impressed with the City of Seattle and Seattle IT and how forward thinking it is,” she said.  “Protecting the private information of Seattle residents, and gaining public trust, is critical to enabling the City of Seattle to provide its residents with valuable, advanced technologies and services.”

Susan’s husband Alan is a retired Social Service Executive Director who directed the Red Cross September 11th Recovery Program, working closely with FEMA and other emergency services in the wake of the disaster. Susan began her role with the City of Seattle on May 2.  Welcome to Seattle, Susan!

For more information on the City’s Privacy Initiative, visit http://www.seattle.gov/privacy.