M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni is currently on Facebook’s Privacy & Data Public Policy team, where she leads on strategy & planning and also works on policy issues relating to emerging tech, such as brain-control interfaces.
Prior to that, she was an attorney advising tech clients. Most recently, she was lead counsel for QuantumBlack, the machine learning arm of McKinsey, where she advised on legal, policy, and risk matters relating to AI/ML and led special projects on responsible AI. Before that, Alejandra was an attorney at Gunderson Dettmer and Arnold & Porter, where she advised companies from a broad spectrum of technology industries. Alejandra was a Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute Fellow and conducted research for Harvard’s Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. She also served in DoD’s Office of the General Counsel, where she advised on autonomous weapons policy, space law, and DoD’s sexual assault response program.
Before attending law school, she served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy and completed two deployments. She also worked on a Navy-funded project designing
behaviors for autonomous underwater vehicles part of a littoral security network.
Alejandra holds a JD from Harvard Law, MS in Mechanical Engineering from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, and BS in Control Systems Engineering from the USNA. When she isn’t working, she is spending time with family, working out, painting, baking, and playing with her dog.