Michelle Aninye (she/her) is a Privacy Engineer at Robinhood, where she analyzes, designs, and builds systems and products to improve data privacy for millions of users. Her work focuses on usable security and privacy, privacy education, and fairness in technology. Before Robinhood, she was a privacy engineer at Google where she worked on privacy for Google Assistant and specialized in machine learning privacy, anonymization, and product inclusion privacy.
Michelle’s career in privacy started at Cisco where she developed frameworks for incoming GDPR privacy regulations. She continued this work at the University of Chicago through her research on usable security and privacy for marginalized communities. Before this, Michelle worked on cybersecurity teams in various industries at Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and CNN. In addition to her industry work, Michelle develops privacy tools and offers individual security and privacy consultations. Michelle received a B.S. in Cybersecurity from Kennesaw State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Cybersecurity Law at the University of Maryland. When she’s not at the computer, Michelle can be found coaching lacrosse and exploring new cities.
- Spoke to Girls Who Code and the Computer Engineering Apprentices organizations about navigating the tech industry. January 29, 2021.
- Received Kennesaw State University’s Outstanding Student in Cybersecurity Award. January 7, 2021.
- Presented my research on the security and privacy needs of activists (with Blase Ur and Marshini Chetty) at the Women in Cybersecurity conference. March 13, 2020.
- Led a cryptography workshop for high school students through Her Spark. July 31, 2019.
- Graduation featured by Melanin in Stem. July 25, 2019.
- My research was highlighted by Kennesaw State University’s Cole College of Business. May 21, 2019.
- Presented my undergraduate research on incident response times with Dr. Humayun Zafar at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. April 13, 2019.