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Kay Chopard

Southern Region

Ms. Kay Chopard is the President and CEO of Chopard Consulting based in the Washington, DC metro area. She has 40 years’ experience in executive leadership in government, nonprofit, and business organizations nationally. She excels at building networks and collaborations for winning partnerships. She currently serves the Kantara Initiative as Executive Director. The Kantara Initiative is a nonprofit membership organization which also operates conformity assessment, certification, and grant of Trust Marks program for U.S. and U.K. Digital Identity standards under its Trust Framework program.


She has led several organizations including:

  • Executive Director of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), serving as the first woman head of the oldest and largest prosecutor organization in the world where she created a Women Prosecutors Section, Metro DAs section, held national summits on Prosecution of Domestic Violence, the Role of the Prosecutor, Victims’ Rights, and the use of digital evidence and technology in the courts.

  • Executive Director of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), a nonprofit start-up organization developed in a public-private partnership to implement the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • Deputy Executive Director of the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), 1999-2012, where she led training and technical assistance in strategic planning for justice agencies, domestic violence initiatives with the National Center for State Courts, intergovernmental coordination for tribal, state, and federal justice agencies, and the SOMAPI project in partnership with the SMART Office.  

  • Acting Division Chief and lead program manager at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 10 years (1989-1999), where she created sustainable national training programs for state and local prosecutors and judges; established the National Traffic Law Center at NDAA; created the Judicial Fellowship program in partnership with the ABA Judicial Division; and  managed a staff of 12 and a multi-million-dollar federal agency budget.


She volunteers on the Global Board of Directors for the international nonprofit, Women in Identity. She also serves on the NCJA Advisory Council and the NCJA Board of Directors.  She lectures internationally and has authored several articles and white papers on diversity and inclusion, use of technology especially digital evidence in the courts, and legal policy around privacy and security in the use of court technology and digital identity applications for use in government information sharing and online transactions. She is a former prosecutor and is admitted to practice law in Iowa and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

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