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Cody Venzke

Senior Policy Counsel

ACLU National Political Advocacy Division


Cody Venzke is a Senior Policy Counsel in the ACLU’s National Political Advocacy Department, working on issues in surveillance, privacy, and technology. Cody focuses on comprehensive consumer privacy legislation, safe and nondiscriminatory AI, children’s privacy, and civic uses of data. He is an author of a treatise published by LexisNexis on education data and student privacy.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Cody worked as a Senior Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where he worked on student privacy and civic technology. He also served as an Attorney Advisor and Honors Attorney at the Federal Communications Commission and clerked for federal judges on the Third Circuit and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Cody previously worked as a litigator with an international law firm, where he served clients in emerging technologies such as clean energy, medicine, and media. In his pro bono work, Cody has represented tenants in eviction actions and assisted applicants under the U visa program. Prior to starting his law career, Cody taught math at a large public high school in Houston, Texas through Teach For America.

Cody graduated from Stanford Law School and St. Olaf College.