James Dempsey has served as a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board since 2012. He is also Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the UC Berkeley School of Law. From 1997 to 2014, Mr. Dempsey was at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a non-profit public policy organization. At CDT, he held a number of leadership positions, including Executive Director (2003-2005) and head of CDT's San Francisco office (2005-2014). Prior to joining CDT, Mr. Dempsey served as Deputy Director of the non-profit Center for National Security Studies and Special Counsel to the National Security Archive. From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Dempsey was Assistant Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. From 1980 to 1984, he was an associate at Arnold & Porter, LLP. Mr. Dempsey clerked for Judge Robert Braucher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He has been a member of several bodies addressing privacy and national security issues, including the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee advisory board, the Industry Advisory Board for the National Counter-Terrorism Center, and the Transportation Security Administration's Secure Flight Working Group, among others. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Dempsey's current term ended on January 29, 2016. On March 17, 2016, President Obama nominated Mr. Dempsey to serve another term on the Board. Under the PCLOB’s statute, provided that a new nomination is made within 60 days after the expiration of a Board Member’s term, the Board Member may continue to serve in the position until the adjournment sine die of the session of the Senate in which such nomination is submitted.