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Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow - Mercedes Tunstall, J.D.

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow to Speak on Cybersecurity and Financial Innovation

Mercedes Tunsdall, J.D.

March 18 - 21, 2019

Davenport University will welcome Mercedes Tunstall, J.D. as its fourth Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow during the week of March 18 to 21. As an expert in cyber-security, she will be speaking to students, faculty, staff and the public on topics surrounding consumer privacy, financial regulation, virtual currencies, and digital innovation.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program — offered through the Council of Independent Colleges — brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the U.S. for substantive dialog with students and faculty members.

A graduate of DePauw University with an undergraduate degree in music, Tunstall went on to earn her JD from the University of Michigan Law School. She made her mark as a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, where she investigated and litigated the commission’s first internet hijacking case. As a partner at Pillsbury in Washington, D.C., she works closely with banks, nonbanks and fintechs on the development of new financial products and services. She also works with companies in a variety of industries on advertising, privacy, and cybersecurity issues.

“I help financial institutions of all kinds innovate through mobile payments, social media, virtual currencies, and blockchain technology. I also have deep experience in providing privacy-by-design and security-by-design counseling to other industries,” says Tunstall.

Funding is provided by a grant from the M.E. Davenport Legacy Endowment.

Throughout the week, students, faculty and staff will have opportunities to engage with Tunstall at events on the W.A. Lettinga, Lansing and Great Lakes Bay (Midland) Campuses. Her presentations will be live-streamed to faculty and staff throughout the DU system. Please visit the events page for a full listing of her student presentations to be held in the Wilbur and Sharon Lettinga Auditorium in the Sneden Center of the W.A. Lettinga Campus.