Alyssa Harvey Dawson (L’96)
General Counsel and Head of Legal, Privacy and Data Governance
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, the audio and connected car company. While at Harman, Alyssa 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 previously worked at Autodesk and was in private practice for five years at the law firms of Latham & Watkins and Cooley Godward.
Dawson earned her undergraduate degree with honors from the Honors College at 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, has played an active role in ChIPs, 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.