Chief Privacy Officer
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Elizabeth became the first Chief Privacy Officer in Texas State Government when she joined the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Office in July of 2011. Since that time, Elizabeth has become a member of the National Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum, the Co-Chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Austin Knowledgenet, and Advisory Board Member of the Texas CIO Academy. Elizabeth also leads the Statewide Information Privacy Advisory Council that serves other privacy professionals working for various Texas government agencies. She also serves an informal advisory role, focused on privacy issues, arising in projects created by the University of Texas Center for Identity Management.
Before moving to Austin, Elizabeth started the labor and employment law section for the Houston office of Haynes and Boone where she became partner and worked for 10 years. Then, she accepted the offer of then-Attorney General John Cornyn to become the Office of Attorney General’s Attorney Ombudsmen and that Agency’s first-ever Ethics Officer. Attorney General Greg Abbott then re-appointed her when he was elected. After serving General Abbott for a term, she left to accept the position of General Counsel for the State Bar of Texas.
Elizabeth serves on the Board of the St. Mary’s University School of Law Foundation and is a past President of the St. Mary’s University Law School Alumni Association. Also, Elizabeth served as the President-Elect of the Texas General Counsel Forum.
Elizabeth is active in the arts community through past service on the Board of Directors for the Houston Society of Performing Arts, and on the Board of KLRU. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts. In the legal community, Elizabeth was selected for the Austin Bar Association Leadership Academy (Class of 2013) and is co-chair of the Austin Bar Association Membership Committee. For the last several years, she has participated in the Austin Bar Association’s National Adoption Day.