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Our Team

Leigh Freund

President & CEO

As President & CEO of NAI, Leigh Freund leads the organization’s growth and helps set the agenda and strategic priorities. Leigh joined NAI in 2015 after an eleven-year career at AOL Inc., where she served as vice president & chief counsel for global public policy.

Leigh brings more than a decade of substantive expertise in privacy, advertising, and public policy in the digital sector to her work at NAI. She has first-hand knowledge of the tremendous contributions third parties have made in the digital advertising space and she is a passionate believer in strong self-regulation.

During her time at AOL, Leigh led the company’s public policy efforts and was a leading voice on global digital and technology policy. Prior to that role, Leigh headed up the AOL advertising legal team and worked with AOL’s privacy team to promote and develop responsible use and collection of data, and ensure compliance with the industry's self-regulatory programs.

Before joining AOL in 2004, Leigh worked at K&L Gates and on Capitol Hill with Rep. Fred Upton from her home state of Michigan.

Leigh holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Kalamazoo College and a J.D. from Georgetown University. She is an active participant in several industry organizations devoted to compliance with key regulatory initiatives and principles, including the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA).

Anthony Matyjaszewski

Vice President, Compliance and Membership

As Vice President, Compliance and Membership, Anthony Matyjaszewski conducts the NAI's annual compliance reviews of member companies and manages the pre-certification and onboarding of new members. Prior to joining the NAI, Anthony researched and wrote about the issues at the intersection of law and technology. He has clerked at both the NAI and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) where he co-wrote an article on the changing meaning of personal data. Before pursuing his legal career, Anthony managed customer relations at an international travel company, where he played a key role in the transition from an offline to an online business model, focusing on data protection, web and email integration, and the implementation of an intuitive and customer friendly user interface.

He received his B.A. cum laude in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington, where he was a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society. Anthony earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law.  Anthony is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, and Red Cross certified Wilderness Emergency Responder, and, in addition to English, is fluent in both French and Polish.

Julie Karasik

Technologist

As the Technologist at the NAI, Julie Karasik is an integral member of the compliance team. Julie works with NAI's nearly 100 member companies in integrating their opt-out mechanisms into the central NAI consumer opt-out tool. She also performs monitoring to ensure that the opt-out process is working smoothly for consumers across all participating member networks, and assists members in diagnosing and fixing any problems related to this essential function. She also directly assists consumers with opt-out issues.

Julie's wide ranging technology background makes her well-qualified to take on the responsibilities of NAI's industry-leading compliance team. Her background includes coding in JS, PHP, Perl and more. In addition, during her career, she has managed servers and databases; managed developers; and directed web design. Prior to joining NAI, Julie served as an Advisor to PLOW, a social content platform startup.

Julie received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, where she was pre-med before deciding to pursue her passion for technology.

William Lee

Technology & Policy Analyst

As Technology & Policy Analyst, William Lee supports the NAI’s policy initiatives and contributes to the work of NAI’s technical team. Amongst William’s responsibilities he compiles policy and other important updates for NAI members, writes for the NAI blog, contributes to policy working groups, and works on the development of the NAI’s technical monitoring tools. William writes code in Python and is currently taking classes in data science, with the intention to learn more about the capabilities of machine learning. Additionally, William oversees many of the NAI’s daily operational needs.

Prior to joining the NAI, William served as a policy analyst intern for the global public policy team of Access Partnership in their Washington, D.C. office, where he originally discovered his passion for both technology and policy. Originally from the UK, William received a B.A. in Geography from the University of Durham, where he completed a research project on government policy in South Africa.

William is CIPP/US certified.

Grant Nelson

Counsel, Compliance & Technology

As Counsel, Compliance & Technology, Grant Nelson brings a wide breadth of technology and data knowledge to the NAI team. Grant conducts research and assists with the NAI compliance review process. Prior to his current position Grant participated in a three-month internship program with NAI where he served as a privacy law clerk.

Grant's previous experience includes interning for a DC judge, working for a data acquisition and processing startup, and working on a differential privacy tool at Harvard's Berkman-Klein Center. Grant is a budding data scientist and experienced webapp developer. He created the MEANS Database, a nonprofit webapp that seamlessly connects food donors with local charities.

When he's not working with NAI he can often be found at local hackathons helping get projects off the ground. Grant writes in Python, Ruby/Rails, and Elixir. Grant holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in political science from Baylor University. He is admitted to the District of Columbia bar and is CIPP/US certified.

Matthew Nichols

Counsel, Compliance & Policy

As Counsel, Compliance and Policy, Matthew Nichols supports the NAI's annual compliance reviews of member companies and the management of pre-certification and onboarding of new members.

Prior to joining NAI, Matthew worked with the Cybersecurity & Privacy team at PwC where he helped clients manage their risk by supporting the design and assessment of privacy and cybersecurity programs. This support included the implementation and review of policies, procedures, training material, and other program components, as well as the controls to support these programs. He also conducted data inventories for a variety of Fortune 500 multinational organizations and performed extensive privacy notice and contract reviews for organizations across varying sectors. While in law school, Matthew interned at the NAI, CVS (under the Chief Privacy Officer), the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF).

Matthew holds a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Maine at Farmington. Matthew is admitted to the Massachusetts bar and CIPP/US certified.