Kirsten McMullen

Kirsten McMullen

Chief Privacy Officer / Sr. Director of Marketing


4INFO

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
At my first job out of college, I discovered that problem-solving was one of my greatest skills.
I knew that my problem-solving skill set could be applied across industries.
Identifying my strengths was a huge turning point; I started thinking, "What can I do next?"
I had been very steeped in the nonprofit world, but I decided to go into business.
I started out working in the semiconductor industry; from there I progressed into mobile technology.
I actually stumbled into the world of privacy by accident.
Privacy is the best of both worlds, blending my altruistic interests and my business background.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Henry M. Gunn High School
Bachelor
Psychology, General
University of California-San Diego
Graduate
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Santa Clara University

Career

Chief Privacy Officer / Sr. Director of Marketing

I work in marketing and privacy in the mobile advertising technology industry.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Design
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Day-to-day, I respond to inbound requests for information or assistance and I read, edit, and write materials. Those include anything from advertising materials to privacy documentation. I work with other teams, like sales, operations and product teams. A great day would include an in-depth conversation with others about how we can best achieve a goal. Any day where I can work on a variety of projects, especially if I get the satisfaction of completing a project, is a great day in my book.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Soft skills aren't necessarily taught in school, but they are absolutely important to any career. Some of these skills you might pick up in school: for example, you need to have the tenacity to follow through on your projects, and read through fine print documents. But something you really need learn on your own is how to work with other people: that means setting aside your own agenda and opinions in order to listen to your team and collaborate on building the best possible solutions.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

First, examine why you're interested in privacy: is it a profit-driven motivation, or is it an altruistic impulse to help protect consumers? Also consider whether or not you have international interests; privacy is very different from country to country, and you're going to need a wide breadth of education and knowledge to operate in international privacy.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
graduate
Graduate
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You're not good at math. You aren't at the top of your class."