Board Staff

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is an independent executive branch agency led by a bipartisan group of five presidentially nominated and Senate-confirmed Board Members.

Helping the Board carry out its mission is the PCLOB staff, including an executive director, a general counsel, a deputy general counsel, a chief information officer, a chief management officer, a public affairs and legislative affairs officer, staff attorneys, security and technology specialists, and administrative support staff.

Each Board Member has one attorney serving as his or her individual Counselor, while the remaining staff attorneys serve as Attorney-Advisors for the Board as a whole.

Geoff Cohen,
Senior Technologist

Geoff A. Cohen, Ph.D., is the Senior Technologist at the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent executive agency whose mission is to ensure that the federal government's efforts to prevent terrorism are balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties. He has more than fifteen years of experience leading technical investigations of software and computer systems. He has served as a testifying expert in cases in state court, federal court, the International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Tax Court. He has also assisted government agencies in matters including software valuation and privacy issues resulting from data breaches.

Previously, Geoff worked at Elysium Digital, an intellectual property litigation consulting firm. He led the Internet Security & Privacy working group at the M.I.T. Communications Futures Program and worked with the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. He has also worked for Ernst & Young, IBM, and Data General. Prior to that, he was an analyst in the National Security Division of the Congressional Budget Office. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University, and an A.B. from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, specializing in technology policy.

He is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery’s US Technology Policy Council and the National Academies’ Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group.

Jenny Fitzpatrick,
Executive Director

Jenny Fitzpatrick is PCLOB's current Executive Director. She is responsible for directing and overseeing the work of staff in support of the agency's mission, including both its oversight and advice functions. She also works closely with the Board on strategic planning and resource management and establishes procedures in support of agency objectives. Prior to joining PCLOB, she spent a decade as a Department of Justice attorney. While employed with DOJ's National Security Division, she helped oversee the Intelligence Community's foreign intelligence activities, including its use of FISA authorities, to ensure compliance with federal laws and Executive Branch policies. She also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney to the Eastern District of Virgina and was an attorney with DOJ's Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties. There, she provided oversight and legal guidance for DOJ's privacy operations and regulatory compliance and helped develop DOJ privacy policies. Prior to joining DOJ, she worked for a number of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, and served as a Legislative Assistant in the House of Representatives for four years. Jenny holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.


Richard Morgan,
General Counsel

Rich Morgan serves as the Chief Legal Officer of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.  Prior to joining the PCLOB, Rich spent fifteen years as an attorney in the Intelligence Community.  He is a reserve Naval officer, with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Rich served as a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center on Law and Security, and was a judicial clerk for the Hon. James E. Baker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  He holds degrees from the University of Hartford, Oxford University, Yale Law School, and the U.S. Naval War College.

Alan Silverleib,
Legislative and Public Affairs Officer

Alan Silverleib oversees legislative and public affairs at the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, where he handles relations with both Congress and the media. Prior to joining the PCLOB in April 2022, Alan was a legislative specialist in the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. In that capacity, he helped manage the Department’s responses to a broad range of issues pertaining to congressional oversight of global and domestic security-related matters. Alan also worked for several years as a CNN congressional and political producer, winning an Emmy for the network's 2012 election night coverage. Earlier, he served as a political speechwriter and worked for a non-governmental organization in Iraq on political development issues. Alan holds a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a M.A. from Harvard University.