Mary Ellen Callahan '97 Nominated to Serve on University of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees

The Nominating Committee of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees recommended for election to membership on the board Pitt alumnus Mary Ellen Callahan (A&S '90), chief privacy officer and chief Freedom of Information Act officer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to being named to her positions in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in March of this year, Callahan specialized in privacy, data security, and consumer protection law as a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP, where she worked for more than 10 years.

Callahan graduated "magna cum laude" with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences and University Honors College, with a certificate in Russian and East European Studies from Pitt's University Center for International Studies. While at Pitt, she was a Chancellor's Scholar and was named a Truman Scholarship winner. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where she had Barack Obama as one of her professors. Prior to law school, Callahan worked at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress as part of the Special Task Force on the Development of the Parliamentary Institutions in Eastern Europe.