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Eric Dieterich

MANAGING DIRECTOR


Eric is the Managing Director of the LevelUP Consulting Group with overall responsibilities for developing and maintaining client relationships, bringing unique service offerings to market, and achieving our strategic goals.

Eric has been providing consulting services for nearly 20 years to large and small, public and private companies, across a broad spectrum of industries. His areas of expertise include privacy, data governance, cybersecurity, and risk management. Eric focuses on leveraging his years of experiences working across technologies, risk management frameworks, regulatory and industry standards, to guide clients on managing risks in an efficient and scalable manner. Formerly, he oversaw a team of nearly 200 employees providing consulting services focused on privacy, cybersecurity, data governance and audit.

Colin Brown

DIRECTOR


Colin is a Director at LevelUP Consulting Group who co-manages our core service offerings, leads our management consulting and third-party risk management services, and supports strategic initiatives. 

Colin has extensive experience providing strategic consulting services to organizations ranging in size from small private enterprises to Fortune 500 companies. Throughout his career he has focused on helping clients design, implement, and manage their compliance, cybersecurity, and privacy programs. He has worked with clients in a variety of industries including life sciences and pharmaceuticals, quick service restaurant, hospitality, software, retail, and financial services. Colin previously worked at a global professional services firm where he helped clients manage large compliance initiatives.

Jennifer Martin

DIRECTOR


Jennifer is a Director at LevelUP Consulting Group who leverages her nearly 15 years of experience in privacy governance consulting to advise clients on managing and operationalizing privacy programs.

Jennifer has provided consulting services in many areas of privacy including privacy program management, data mapping, privacy policy development, cross border data transfers, and other important privacy office functions. Her experiences span across organizations of all sizes, from some of the largest global organizations in the world to small and mid-tier organizations. Jennifer has extensive project management experience, successfully managing large project teams and working with key client stakeholders from across the organization (Human Resources, Information Technology, Information Security, Customer Service, Legal, Compliance, Marketing, etc.) to achieve optimal project outcomes. Jennifer previously worked with a risk management consulting firm to provide cybersecurity, privacy, information governance, and risk management services across a wide variety of industries.

John Verner

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR


John is the Business Development Director at LevelUP Consulting Group with overall responsibilities for achieving our strategic growth goals including managing client relationships and expanding the number of clients we serve. 

John specializes in solving complex business challenges, while helping clients understand and manage various aspects of risk obligations. John has nearly 20 years of experience selling technology solutions and services, with many of those years focused on identity and access management. Throughout his career, he has worked with a wide range of clients, from Fortune 100s to small enterprises. John previously worked as a sales consultant for a risk management company.

Sara Maklad

DIRECTOR


Sara is a Director at LevelUP Consulting Group who focuses on providing clients with best-in-class service across a broad range of risk management solutions and leads our OneTrust advisory services. 

Sara has years of risk management expertise across various disciplines including IT audit, privacy, and cybersecurity within the retail, technology, and insurance industries. She has extensive experience designing and performing various privacy-related assessments and remediation activities, including ones focused on the CCPA and GDPR. Sara has designed and development data subject request response programs, including configuring leading technology solutions, across a diverse array of clients. Sara also supports our third-party risk management services, designing programs for the onboarding, monitoring, and offboarding of third parties. Sara has held prior positions with a Big 4 consulting firm.

Claudia Ramirez

SENIOR MANAGER


Claudia is a Senior Manager at LevelUP Consulting Group with responsibilities for managing the delivery of our core services and leads our internal audit support services. 

Claudia has over seven years of experience across a broad spectrum of compliance and regulatory standards, allowing her to help organizations understand their risks and compliance obligations. Claudia has been responsible for leading SOX audits, regulatory compliance evaluations, and privacy assessments. She has hands-on experience guiding organizations through the complexity of domestic and international, industry and regulatory frameworks. Throughout her years of experience, Claudia has developed strong industry knowledge, project management expertise, and insights into optimizing organizations compliance programs.


Dave Cohen

SENIOR MANAGER


Dave Cohen is a Senior Manager at LevelUP Consulting Group. He has worked in the information privacy field for over 13 years to produce, design, host, and moderate conversations on cutting edge privacy and data security issues. He has been at the center of constantly evolving discussions on privacy legal compliance and privacy control operational best practices, and has worked with top international and domestic privacy thought leaders.

Prior to LevelUP, Dave worked on the programming team at the IAPP, providing guidance and leadership for the virtual and in-person conference session selection efforts. Dave is an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and holds both the CIPP/E (Europe) and CIPP/US (United States) designations. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, with a minor in English.

MBE Certified

We believe that diverse perspectives and workplace inclusivity provide organizations with unique insights, better decision-making, and the agility needed to overcome unforeseen challenges. Our commitment to D&I enables us to build strong relationships with our clients, as well as within our teams and larger communities.

In December 2020, the LevelUP brand received its Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification, awarded by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). Through a rigorous certification process, NMSDC certifies that minority businesses in its Network are at least 51% minority-owned, operated and controlled. We are excited to help our partners reach their DE&I goals by our MBE certification.

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