President/Founder, Privacy Panacea 

Sharon A. Anolik, Esq., CIPP, is President and Founder of Privacy Panacea, a boutique firm providing strategic data privacy and compliance evaluations and advice. A member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, and a seasoned privacy and compliance executive, Sharon is a recognized industry leader, bringing expertise culled from two decades of leadership in building privacy and compliance programs and solutions for prominent organizations.


Sharon is sought after for her expertise, energy, pro-business approach, contagious passion for privacy, and ability to ascertain needs, recommend solutions, and help companies achieve growth and maturity in record time.


Before founding Privacy Panacea, Sharon was Vice President and Global Privacy Risk and Strategy Leader for McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 15 health care services and information technology company. Sharon built and led McKesson’s first global, enterprise-wide privacy program with a focus on quality, strategy, and innovation, enabling McKesson to improve health care and realize opportunities through the trusted use and protection of information.


Prior to that, Sharon served as Chief Privacy Official and Director of Corporate Compliance and Ethics for Blue Shield of California. There, she was responsible for overseeing privacy, corporate compliance and ethics, records management, and legislative compliance administration programs. Sharon directed all programs related to Blue Shield’s Code of Business Conduct and privacy policies, oversaw compliance and privacy investigations, led the company's complex implementation of the HITECH Act, and ensured that its workforce was trained in privacy and compliance. 


Sharon served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Ask Jeeves, a leading provider of Web search technologies of its time. Sharon spearheaded Ask Jeeves' privacy program and policy-making worldwide, and managed its Intellectual Property portfolio. Sharon was also a Privacy specialist in the enterprise risk management practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she advised global companies on privacy issues, provided recommendations regarding compliance with state, federal, and international privacy regulations, and enhanced privacy and security processes. Additionally, Sharon served as a judicial clerk to the California Supreme Court, and in-house counsel for several technology companies.


A published author, frequent industry speaker, and Certified Information Privacy Professional, Sharon is the Vice Chair of the Compliance, Privacy, and Audit Committee of El Camino Hospital’s Board of Directors, and serves on the Future of Privacy Forum’s Advisory Board. Sharon is also the co-inventor of a pending privacy indicator method patent (pending), an IAPP CIPP/US Exam Development board member, an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Information Privacy Principles project, a judge for the SIIA 2015 and 2106 CODiE awards, reviewer of several privacy guidance documents for the California Attorney General’s office, and a former professor of Cyberlaw and Privacy at Golden Gate University School of Law.

Alexandra Vesalga, Esq., CIPP/US is Principal Consultant for Privacy Panacea.


Alexandra brings a wealth of domestic and global privacy experience, including as Attorney for the California Office of the Attorney General, Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit, where she investigated and litigated privacy matters on behalf of the People and State of California.


Alexandra’s experience also includes serving as in-house Privacy Counsel to Fenwick and West clients for FLEX by Fenwick and serving as Senior Policy Analyst at TRUSTe, where she developed privacy assessments and content with a global reach for a leading privacy brand, including a comprehensive GDPR assessment that was used by over 1,000 IAPP clients. Alexandra has also served in the in-house legal departments at various technology companies.


Alexandra earned her J.D. with honors and specialization in Intellectual Property from Golden Gate University School of Law, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of Golden Gate University Law Review. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Golden Gate University IP Law Center. Alexandra earned her B.A. in Philosophy from San Francisco State University.


Principal Consultant, Privacy Panacea 

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