McPartland Privacy Advising LLC

We provide strategic, practical data privacy advice to companies and help them develop and build their privacy programs. We assist companies with their global privacy compliance, including privacy program assessments and gap analysis. With in-house and outside counsel experience, able to provide practical, operational guidance for companies developing and maturing their privacy programs.


Donna McPartland Biography

Donna McPartland is the Owner and a Licensed Attorney (Washington D.C. and Virginia) specializing in data privacy advice. I work with clients to provide strategic, practical advice to develop, implement and maintain global data privacy and security programs. I have over 20 years of legal experience with many years in-house in Chief Privacy Officer roles in the educational and testing industry. Most recently, I was the Chief Privacy Officer at The College Board. I was also the CPO at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which owns the GMAT exam.

Previous Experience: Chief Privacy Officer, College Board; Counsel, Data Privacy Practice Leader, Arent Fox LLP; Chief Privacy Official, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC); Associate General Counsel, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Associate, Hogan Lovells (formerly Hogan & Hartson); and Law Clerk, America Online, Inc. (AOL).

Representative clients: include large high stakes testing organizations, online proctoring services, assessment providers and technology providers in education and testing industries.

Certifications: Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).  Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) since 2006.

Leadership:  Co-Chair of Association of Test Publishers Privacy Subcommittee; Former Advisory Board Member of IAPP Education Board. Member of the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center.


  • Contributor to Checklist- Pandemic Response: Online Exam Security & Academic Integrity Considerations for Online Testing

  • Contributor to Worksheet – High Level Checklist for Evaluating Online Testing Technology Capabilities

  •  Contributor to Association of Test Publishers (ATP) EU General Data Protection Regulation Compliance Guide – available from the ATP Bookstore


  •  Contributor to ATP Privacy Briefings – Data Deletion Briefing; Privacy and Security Frameworks Briefing (ATP members only)
Donna McPartland

Donna McPartland

Founder & Attorney