Ms. Kay Chopard is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Kantara Initiative, a nonprofit corporation. The Kantara Initiative is a unique global ‘commons’ that operates conformity assessment, assurance and grant of Trust Marks against de-jure standards under its Trust Framework program while at the same time nurturing ‘beyond-the-state-of-the-art’ ideas and developing specifications to transform the state of digital identity and personal data agency domains.
Ms. Chopard is the former President and CEO of Chopard Consulting based in the Washington, DC metro area and is the founder of the Women’s Leadership Institute. She has more than 30 years’ experience in executive leadership in government, nonprofit, and business organizations in the DC area where she has a reputation as a transformative leader who has led organizations through launch, transition, and sustainability to deliver game-changing results. She excels at building networks and collaborations that overcome systemic cultural norms and empowers diverse and inclusive teamwork. She has led several organizations including the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), and served as Acting Division Chief and lead program manager at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation.
She is an attorney and is admitted to the practice of law in the state of Iowa and to the U.S. Supreme Court bar. Ms. Chopard also serves on the Board of Directors of the Women in Identity US. She lectures internationally and has authored several articles, white papers, and practice manuals.