At a Glance
- Career History: Partner at Hogan & Hartson
- Alma Mater: University of Chicago Law School, J.D.; University of Pittsburgh
- Spouse: Tony Lynn
- DC Office: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Path to Power
After graduating from the University of Pittsburg with a degree in political science and Russian/East European studies, Callahan worked for four years on a program at the Library of Congress on developing parliamentary institutions in Eastern Europe.She then went on to work for the law firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), where for 12 years she specialized in privacy and data security law.
At DHS, it's the chief privacy officer's job to ensure there's an architecture and system in place for protection and security associated with the federal government online system ( all .gov web sites). This system not only defends the .gov space from attacks, but it's also important in making sure the department isn't inappropriately reaching or accessing information it shouldn't be, retaining information for too long or using it illegal or unethical purposes.
In the 2010 fiscal year, the department received 130,000 FOIA requests, a substantial increase from the 103,000 it received in the 2009 fiscal year.
During the spring of 1996, while attending law school at the University of Chicago, Callahan had President Barack Obama as a professor for a constitutional seminar class called "Racism and the Law." During that time, President Obama was running for the state Senate for the first time.
Other highly-notable professors Callahan took courses under at the University Chicago also includes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.