Amelia is a Senior Counsel and the Director of Education Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum. Amelia advises districts, states, academics, companies, and policymakers on child and student privacy law and best practices; oversees the Education Privacy Resource Center website, FERPA|Sherpa, the creation and curation of student privacy training resources for educators, and the review of applicants to the Student Privacy Pledge; provides analysis on both K-12 and postsecondary student privacy for national, local, and education media; and convenes stakeholders to ensure the responsible use of student data and education technology in schools. She also works on children’s privacy and integrated data systems privacy issues.
Amelia is a regular speaker at education and privacy conferences in the U.S. and abroad, has testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee, and been invited to present for the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission at their 2017 workshop on student privacy and edtech. She is the author of numerous publications, including “Law Enforcement Access to Student Records,” and frequently files comments with federal and state policymaking bodies.
Her research interests include the unintended consequences of privacy legislation; how to communicate about privacy, data use, and data sharing in education; and how to build privacy guardrails around school safety measures and surveillance.
Prior to FPF, Amelia was the Director of the Education Data & Technology Project at the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). In that capacity, she provided technical assistance to over 30 states and wrote the reports “Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned” and “School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity and Privacy.”
Amelia is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She serves on the New York State Department of Education’s Data Privacy Advisory Council, the Policy Advisory Group of MDRC, and the board of the Virginia Equality Bar Association. Amelia received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School and her bachelor’s degree from McDaniel College. She was named one of Tech & Learning’s eight most influential people in ed tech in 2018 and a Top 200 EdTech and E-Learning Influencer by Onalytica. Connect with her on Twitter @ameliaivance.