Lourdes M. Turrecha


North America

The Rise of Privacy Tech
Privacy & Cybersecurity Strategist
California Law License

Lourdes M. Turrecha is a privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection strategist, lawyer, board advisor, Angel investor, and leader, with ~15 years of combined experience in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, tech, law, policy, and compliance. Lourdes founded The Rise of Privacy Tech (TROPT), an initiative with a mission to fuel privacy innovation by bringing together privacy tech founders, investors, advisors, and customers to bridge the existing tech-capital-expertise gaps in the emerging privacy tech industry. She is a privacy tech startup advisor and Angel investor. She advises privacy tech startups on their privacy strategy, covering product design and market positioning in the nascent privacy tech landscape. She also helps investors develop their privacy tech theses.

Lourdes previously worked worked in Silicon Valley for the leading cybersecurity company, Palo Alto Networks. While there, she developed her own work mission of ensuring that privacy is weaved into their products and operations, working cross-functionally with engineering, information security, product management, and other teams in the company. She also practiced in Big Law, advising a client portfolio that included 100+ start-ups, tech companies, and global organizations on their data protection obligations and managing incident and data breach response.

Early on in her privacy career, Lourdes was deputy CPO at a Fortune 300, where she helped design and build its privacy program from the group up. She’s also worked with leading privacy thinker, Prof. Daniel J. Solove, consulted for TeachPrivacy LLC, worked in-house at Abt Associates Inc., and began her legal career at boutique law firms in Washington, DC.

Lourdes earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The George Washington University Law School and her bachelor’s degrees from George Mason University. She was also a visiting honors student at the University of Oxford, where she studied philosophy and comparative US, EU, & UK law.