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Lydia Payne-Johnson

Lydia Payne-Johnson

Director, Data Governance, Compliance and Identity Management, George Washington University

Lydia Payne-Johnson is the Director of Data Governance, Compliance, and Identity Management at The George Washington University. She is a dynamic, multi-talented executive
with more than 35 years’ experience in regulatory compliance, risk, information security, data management, and consumer marketing across financial services, health information
management, and higher education. She’s a published subject matter expert, noted industry panelist, speaker, and mentor. She’s an exceptional communicator and a culture change agent.

An effective leader, Lydia has been a Chief Privacy Officer at Freddie Mac, Morgan Stanley, PwC, Verispan and CIT Group. Lydia’s focus area has been the increasingly complex regulatory requirements applicable to data collection, data sharing, data use and data collection. Compounding these requirements are social media, the rush to adopt Generative AI. She is an advocate for the development of a standard framework around ethical and responsible use of AI within applicable data privacy and
security laws and regulations.

Lydia has a J.D. from New York Law School, is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Certified Change Practitioner and is certified in the GIAC Law of Data Security & Investigations (GLEG). She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program of the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business and holds certificates from KPMG’s Executive Leadership Institute for Women and the Securities Industry Institute of the Wharton School of Business.

She is an ardent advocate for women and career strategies involving cybersecurity. Lydia is an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School where she teaches Information Privacy Law and is a Senior Advisor with the school’s Tricarico Institute for the Business of Law and In-House Counsel. In 2022, Lydia was named a Senior Fellow with the Center for Digital Government and the Center for Digital Higher Education.