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Featured CLEO Alumna: Vanessa L. Allen Sutherland

On October 17, 2011, The White House appointed Vanessa Allen Sutherland to be Chief Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel for US Department of Transportation  - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Washington, DC).  Vanessa joins DOT after seven years as Senior Counsel at Altria Client Services in Richmond, Virginia.  In this capacity, she managed technology transactions, procurement matters, data security and privacy issues, packaging, competitive intelligence, U.S. Customs regulatory issues, state and federal audits, and the corporate re-organization, dissolution and spin-off of international entities.  Immediately prior to that, Mrs. Sutherland spent six years in various legal roles at MCI/WorldCom, including Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for its webhosting and outsourcing subsidiary.  
In 2010, Vanessa was one of thirty-one lawyers in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be honored as a "Leader in the Law - 2010" for advancing the law, serving the community and improving the justice system in Virginia.  Chief Counsel Sutherland holds a J.D. from American University - Washington College of Law, an M.B.A. from American University - Kogod College of Business, a Certified Information Privacy Professional standing from the IAPP, and a B.A. from Drew University.
She believes that much of this would not have been possible had it not been for organizations like CLEO and mentors along the way. She attended the Summer Institute of 1993 at University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.

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