David Medine

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

David Medine is CGAP’s lead on data protection and security. He works to develop novel, consumer-oriented approaches to data protection and to encourage the creation of cyber security resource centers for developing countries.

Mr. Medine has more than 25 years of experience with privacy and consumer financial services. Before joining CGAP, he served as chairman of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an attorney fellow for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a special counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. From 2002 to 2012, he was a partner in the law firm WilmerHale. Before that, he served as a senior adviser to the White House National Economic Council. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Medine was the associate director for Financial Practices at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where in addition to enforcing consumer financial laws, he took the lead on internet privacy. Before joining FTC, he taught at the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law and the George Washington University School of Law.

Mr. Medine has a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College.

By David Medine


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