Alex Joel

American University Washington College of Law — Scholar-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor (Tech, Law, & Security Program)

Alex Joel is a Scholar-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law.  He is conducting research, developing programming, and teaching courses focused on the intersections between the law, national security, technology, and privacy. He is also a senior officer with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). At ODNI, Mr. Joel served as the ODNI’s Civil Liberties Protection Officer, a position he held from 2005 to 2019; for the last four of those years, he also served as the ODNI’s Chief Transparency Officer. Previously, Mr. Joel worked as an attorney at the Central Intelligence Agency; as a technology attorney at Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop), and as the privacy, technology, and e-commerce attorney for Marriott International, Inc. Mr. Joel began his legal career as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

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