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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).

David LeDuc

Vice President, Public Policy

David is the Vice President of Public Policy at the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), the leading self-regulatory association for the third-party advertising industry. In this position, David works closely with member companies and represents the industry to promote a strong and responsible ad tech industry. David is a veteran of IT and public affairs, with extensive experience representing technology companies before the United States Congress, federal regulatory agencies, and state legislatures. Prior to joining NAI, David was the Senior Director for Public Policy at the Software & Information Industry Association, where he led the Association’s technology policy efforts for more than 15 years across a wide range of IT issues such as data privacy and security, cybersecurity, digital platform responsibility, and open data standards. David is a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in political science.

Anthony Matyjaszewski

Vice President, Compliance and Membership

As Vice President, Compliance and Membership, Anthony Matyjaszewski leads the NAI team in conducting the NAI's annual compliance reviews of member companies, and manages the team in reviews and onboarding of new members. Anthony also oversees the drafting of updates to the NAI Code of Conduct and Guidance Documents, along with the NAI Board of Directors, culminating most recently in the publication of the 2020 NAI Code of Conduct. 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). 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 his J.D. cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law. Anthony is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and is fluent in English, French, and Polish.

Matthew Nichols

Senior Counsel, Compliance & Policy

As Senior Counsel, Compliance & Policy, Matthew Nichols supports the NAI's annual compliance reviews of member companies and, along with the VP of Compliance & Membership Development, leads the management of onboarding new members. In addition, Matthew supports the NAI’s international efforts to build relationships with other industry trade associations in order to promote and strengthen the value of NAI membership.

Prior to joining the 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 is CIPP/U.S. certified.

Julie Karasik

Director, Technology & Product

As the Director of Technology and Product 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.

Tony Ficarrotta

Counsel, Compliance & Policy

As Counsel for Compliance & Policy, Tony Ficarrotta works closely with NAI member companies to ensure they comply with the NAI’s FIPPs-based Code of Conduct and assists with updates to the Code to ensure it keeps pace with changing business practices and consumer expectations of privacy. He also develops and implements both education and policy initiatives related to privacy in digital advertising, including in response to new privacy laws such as GDPR and CCPA. Prior to joining the NAI, Tony practiced at an international law firm where he counseled companies in regulated industries on their obligations with respect to various state, federal, and international privacy laws. Tony holds a J.D., cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, an M.A. in Philosophy from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina and the District of Columbia.

Tony CIPP/US certified.

Rod Ghaemmaghami

Counsel, Compliance & Policy

As Counsel, Compliance & Policy, Rod Ghaemmaghami conducts compliance reviews for the NAI and brings public policy knowledge and strategic policy engagement experience to the organization.

Before joining the NAI, Rod worked on the Public Policy team at Facebook focusing on privacy, supporting executives in their global policy engagement, and interfacing with international organizations. Rod’s previous experience includes working for the Senior Privacy Advisor at the White House, at Harvard University’s Berkman-Klein Center, and at the Federal Communications Commission.

Rod holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in English from University of California, Berkeley. He is admitted to the District of Columbia bar.

Leanny Prieto

Policy & Communications Coordinator

As the Policy and Communications Coordinator, Leanny supports NAI in a number of areas including supporting NAI's policy, legal, and technical teams, event coordination, development of online content, and external educational and marketing materials such as NAI’s annual compliance report, legislative and regulatory materials, and consumer education materials. Leanny's previous experience includes serving as an AmeriCorp VISTA as a bilingual program specialist, working as a a legislative assistant in the Minnesota Legislature for Senator Patricia Torres Ray handling a diverse portfolio of state legislative matters, and at a research and policy organization focused on Latino student success in higher education. Leanny has a strong passion for public policy and brings great enthusiasm and interest in privacy and technology.

Leanny holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.