Alyssa Harvey Dawson (L'96)

Alyssa Harvey Dawson is general counsel and head of legal, privacy, and data governance at Sidewalk Labs. Before joining Sidewalk, Dawson was a vice president in legal at Harman International Industries, an audio and connected car company. While at Harman, she managed a global team of attorneys, paralegals, and technology specialists, and developed the global IP strategy, working closely with Harman’s corporate technology office and business divisions.

Prior to Harman, Dawson was at Netflix, where she worked with the business and product development teams on putting in place the strategy and complex licensing agreements that put Netflix on every major consumer electronics device. She also developed the IP strategy, focusing on strategic patenting and globalizing the company’s trademarks.

Dawson was in private practice for five years at the law firms of Latham & Watkins, and Cooley Godward, where she worked on broadcast and communications deals, practiced before the FCC, did venture capital financings on both the company and VC side, and worked on securities filings for public companies.

Dawson earned her undergraduate degree with honors from Michigan State University and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated cum laude and was an editor on the Georgetown Law Journal. She has served on the advisory board for the Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference and played an active role in ChIPs. She serves on the advisory board for the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law, and is a member of the Michigan State University Honors College Alumni Board.

Born in Gary, Indiana, Dawson grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in Connecticut with her husband and son. She enjoys family bike rides, teaching her son card games, watching him play baseball and soccer, cheering on the Raiders, and getting beat at chess (on occasion) by her son.

Dawson will be featured on the panel entitled Tech Talk: How Emerging Technologies Are Shaping Our World with David Graff (L'95), Curtis White (L'71), and Kim Keenan (F'83)