Meet Our Fellows

Congressional PlacementRep. Marc Veasey

InterestsSTEAM, Consumer Privacy, Technology Equity & Platform Accountability

Fellowship Presented By

Brittany Thomas

S.T.E.A.M. Fellow

Brittany Thomas is a 2021 graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, where she concentrated in Intellectual Property and Information Law. She earned her bachelor’s in Classics and Anthropology from Colby College, using anthropology to critically explore American media, looking particularly at television and its effects on race, class and gender dynamics. Before law school, Brittany worked in television for five years, primarily at Viacom Media Networks and Fuse TV, working to promote thoughtful representation in a medium she felt was a central part of the American zeitgeist. Through her work, she developed a keen interest in the relationships between law, technology, equity and consumer privacy. These interests only grew while she was in law school and she worked as an Online Privacy Project Fellow with Fordham’s Center on Law and Information Policy and as a Legal & Special Projects Intern with New America’s Open Technology Institute. She is a proud native of Harlem, New York, and loves traveling, history podcasts and very long walks.

As part of the Fellowship program, all Fellows complete a Social Impact Service Project (SISP). These projects allow Fellows to partner with a nonprofit organization to implement or support an initiative that is in alignment with their areas of expertise and the needs of the organization. For their SISP, Brittany is working with the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project in designing a training series for the New York City Human Resource Administration, focusing on the needs of New Yorkers aged 16-24. To see this project to fruition, they will assess what privacy and cybersecurity issues are most important to the group and draft a train-the-trainer curriculum. They are hopeful that as a result of this partnership, a population that is often left out of tech policy conversations will be equipped with tools that provide them more autonomy in their interactions with technology.

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