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.

Jurgen Van Staden

Vice President, Policy and Technology

As Vice President, Policy and Technology, Jurgen Van Staden helps members comply with the NAI Code of Conduct and works with the NAI staff, Board and membership to address policy developments that may impact the Code or the third-party digital advertising ecosystem.  With a strong background in privacy and information security, Jurgen helps conduct annual compliance reviews which are the keystone of the NAI’s self-regulatory program.

Prior to joining the NAI, Jurgen headed up the New York office for a European Union-based data protection consulting firm where his work focused on transnational data transfer compliance. Jurgen also worked as a Senior Risk Analyst and Cyber Security Attorney for a leading information security services and consulting firm before attending The George Washington University Law School where he earned a Masters in Law.

While at The George Washington University Law School Jurgen focused his LL.M. studies on the intersection of law, technology and policy completing courses in Privacy Law, Cyber Law, Computer Crime, E-Commerce and Digital Copyrights. In addition to his LL.M, Jurgen holds a Masters of Computer Science from the University of Tulsa’s Institute for Information Security and a J.D. from the College of Law.  

Originally from South Africa, Jurgen came to the United States on a college tennis scholarship and earned his undergraduate degree in Marketing while competing in NCAA Div. I Tennis.  He is a registered EuroPriSe Seal Legal and Technical expert and holds several federal information security certifications. 

Shaq Katikala

Counsel and Assistant Director for Technology & Data Science

As Counsel and Assistant Director for Technology & Data Science, Shaq Katikala brings a wide breadth of knowledge in technology and data fields to the NAI team. Shaq conducts research, assists with the NAI compliance review process, helps develop new guidance, and writes software to discover potential violations of the NAI Codes. Prior to his current position, Shaq was the first fellow in NAI’s Compliance and Technology NAI Fellowship program and previously participated in a three-month internship program with NAI where he served as a privacy law clerk.

Shaq received a J.D. from the New York Law School, where he served as a member of New York Law Review and placed nationally in a drafting and negotiation competition. While in law school, he interned with a publisher trade association, Media Coalition, as a digital free speech law clerk. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).

On the tech side, Shaq studied data science through Udemy/Coursera and Stanford University’s Graduate Certificate program in Mining Massive Data Sets. He is familiar with Ruby, Python, Java, Matlab, and C++ and has won a Hackathon organized by Uber. Shaq received a B.A. from New College of Florida in 2010 in Economics/Philosophy, with a thesis on the theory of predictive modeling on the demand for creative goods.

Julie Karasik


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

Administrative Coordinator

As the Administrative Coordinator for the NAI, William oversees daily logistics including directing financial operations, managing critical databases, coordinating leadership schedules, and liaising with communications and events teams as well as external vendors. In addition, William works closely with NAI’s technical and policy staff to provide research assistance and other support.

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. 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.

Grant Nelson

Privacy Law Fellow

As the Privacy Law Fellow 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.