Denelle Dixon-Thayer spearheads Mozilla’s business, policy and legal activities in defense of an open, transparent and commercially sustainable Web. She leads Mozilla’s team responsible for negotiating partnerships and revenue relationships that ensure Mozilla’s sustainability. Denelle has been a vocal advocate for encryption, the disclosure of vulnerabilities by governments and greater user choice and control.
Denelle was an outside advisor to Mozilla for several years before joining as Associate General Counsel in 2012. Denelle’s experience prior to joining Mozilla includes working at UK-based private equity firm Terra Firma on brand issues and risk assessment, as well as managing Yahoo!’s legal team advising on products, human rights, antitrust and litigation issues.
Denelle is a qualified lawyer with a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law. She also clerked at the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.
Denelle has appeared on NBC Press:Here, CNN “Quest Means Business”, Bloomberg Radio, EFE, TIME, The New York Times, Politico, EUReporter and Advertising Age, as well as on podcasts like TechStuff. She defended the pro-encryption motion during a debate at the Oxford Union and has spoken at DLDEurope, Collision, MIT EmTech Digital, Mobile World Congress and ANDICOM on copyright, data privacy, net neutrality and user choice.