Alissa Cooper is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Technology Policy and a Fellow at Cisco Systems. Her work advances the state of the art at the intersection of engineering, policy, and technical standards. She served as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Chair from 2017 to 2021. Previously, she served three years as an IETF Applications and Real-Time (ART) area director and three years on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). She also served as the chair of the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG). At Cisco she was responsible for driving privacy and policy strategy within the company’s portfolio of real-time collaboration products before being appointed as IETF Chair.

Prior to joining Cisco, Alissa served as the Chief Computer Scientist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, where she was a leading public interest advocate and technologist on issues related to privacy, net neutrality, and technical standards. Alissa holds a PhD from the Oxford Internet Institute and MS and BS degrees in computer science from Stanford University.