Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) is a first-of-its-kind cross-industry accountability program to create transparency in the business relationships and transactions that undergird the digital ad industry, while continuing to enable innovation. A joint marketing-media industry program, TAG was created with a focus on four core areas: eliminating fraudulent digital advertising traffic, combating malware, fighting ad-supported Internet piracy to promote brand integrity, and promoting brand safety through greater transparency. TAG was created by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), Association of National Advertisers (ANA), and Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and works collaboratively with companies throughout the digital ad supply chain.
4 core areas of work are:
The TAG Leadership Council is, in effect, the operational decision-making body for the organization, as it determines and oversees development for the products and initiatives that will best advance TAG’s mission and fulfill the Board’s high-level direction.
- Charter Communications
- Dentsu Aegis Network
- Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
- EMX Digital
- Index Exchange
- Publicis Groupe
- The Trade Desk
- Warner Bros.
Michael S. Zaneis was appointed President and CEO of the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) in July 2015, leading TAG’s efforts to eradicate digital advertising fraud, malware, ad-supported piracy, and to increase transparency across the digital advertising supply chain. In its first year, the organization successfully launched programs to combat criminal activities in each of these areas and has garnered widespread support throughout the industry.
Prior to taking the helm at TAG, Mike served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). He created the organization’s first Public Policy Office, headquartered in Washington, D.C. During his tenure, the IAB tripled its revenue and membership, and under his guidance, the Public Policy Office grew to become the leading voice for the digital advertising industry on legislative, regulatory, and legal issues. He often represented the industry before the United States Congress, federal regulatory agencies, international legislative bodies, and at public conferences. As General Counsel for the IAB, Mike oversaw internal legal operations of the organization and provided leadership on key judicial proceedings impacting the interactive advertising industry.
Prior to joining IAB, Mike served as Executive Director of Technology and E-Commerce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest trade association. As the chief technology and telecommunications lobbyist, he oversaw issues affecting the business community pertaining to online and consumer privacy, data security, telecommunications, intellectual property, counterfeiting, piracy, and e-commerce. He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and both his Juris Doctor and Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Mike has served as an adjunct professor for Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
Rachel Nyswander Thomas is COO of the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG). Rachel has spent her career studying, creating and implementing digital policy in the academic, private industry, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining TAG, Thomas served as Vice President of Advocacy & Accountability at the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), advocating DMA’s data policy agenda before Congress and federal agencies on behalf of thousands of business and nonprofit organizations. She served concurrently as Executive Director of DMA’s Data-Driven Marketing Institute (DDMI), facilitating academic teams in conducting independent research exploring how the responsible use of consumer data shapes industry, society, and the economy.
Previously, Rachel led The McGraw-Hill Companies’ regulatory compliance efforts relating to customer privacy, auditing worldwide operations, training more than 2,000 employees annually and providing compliance consultation to a global corps of 80 Privacy Officials in more than 40 countries.
Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities from Yale University and a Masters of Policy Management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She has held the Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP) distinction from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) since 2008. Her scholarship on cybersecurity public-private partnerships has been published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Thomson Reuters Press.
Nick Stringer is Vice President of Global Engagement and Operations. Nick’s role is to expand TAG’s footprint across the globe and to ensure a consistent international approach to tackling criminal activity in the digital advertising supply chain. Nick is responsible for TAG’s European Office and is based in London, United Kingdom.
Between 2008-2015, Nick was Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Internet Advertising Bureau UK (IAB UK), establishing IAB UK’s public policy and regulatory affairs department and spearheading the digital advertising sector’s efforts to grow within an optimal policy and regulatory environment. This included the development of various UK and EU good practice initiatives such as on privacy, native advertising, display advertising trading, copyright and social media. It also included advocacy – both at UK and EU level – on privacy and data protection legislation, including the EU ePrivacy Directive and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Between 2009-2015, Nick was also Vice-Chair of IAB Europe’s Policy Committee. Between 2013-17, Nick chaired the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA), the sister body of the DAA, which administers the EU industry initiative on interest-based advertising. Nick is a Certified International Privacy Professional in Europe (CIPP-E).
Prior to IAB UK, Nick worked at leading UK mobile network operator, Orange (now EE), leading public policy issues across both mobile and broadband sectors. He has also worked in the UK Parliament.
Nick earned a BA in Politics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom.
Michael Hahn is General Counsel at the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG). Michael has responsibility for all legal matters, including the direction of legal strategy, antitrust compliance, intellectual property rights issues, and general corporate and contractual matters. Michael is also responsible for serving as an advocate for the industry on common legal issues affecting member companies.
Michael joined TAG from Lowenstein Sandler LLP where he served as Vice Chair of the firm’s Antitrust Practice Group. In that role, he provided clients with strategic counsel around competition, distribution and governance issues. In the area of litigation, Michael’s matters have included multiparty class action antitrust defense representation, as well as direct lawsuits involving competitor conduct, distributional restraints, monopolization, and price discrimination claims. Michael also has significant experience litigating other complex commercial claims.
Michael serves as Co-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Antitrust Law Committee. He previously served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Competition Law 360 and the Advisory Board of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section’s Civil Torts & RICO Committee. Michael frequently publishes on a range of legal and policy issues.
Michael earned his B.A. in History and Political Science from Rutgers University, M.P.P. from Georgetown University and J.D. for Georgetown University Law Center.
Bonnie Niederstrasser is Director, Policy and Programs at the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG). She has over fifteen years of industry and consulting experience in digital advertising, media, client services, telecommunications, and aerospace sectors. Prior to joining TAG, Bonnie served as a Senior Product Manager at Charter Communications, Inc., where she oversaw monetization and media sales for Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks’ online and mobile owned and operated properties, including Time Warner Cable Central, RoadRunner.com, NY1, Spectrum SportsNet, and Bay News 9. Bonnie also managed media planning, audience measurement and digital analytics products for comScore, Inc., and drove over $30MM of ad product and inventory revenue for AOL’s advertising division.
Previously, Bonnie was a management consultant with PRTM and an aerospace systems engineer (aka certified rocket scientist) for Orbital-ATK, supporting business development and directing testing and mission operations for several NASA and commercial satellites.
Bonnie earned an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University and an SB in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She has also held an IAB Digital Media Sales Certification since 2015.
Jamie O’Donnell is Director, Membership Services & Operations at the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG). Jamie is a seasoned team member, specializing in member services, operational project management, and strategic thought leadership.
In his current role, Jamie oversees TAG’s membership services, including the associated technologies and automation. He serves as a project manager and product owner of the technical systems that support TAG’s members. Jamie interacts with the entire membership to fully integrate them into TAG’s working groups and initiatives in order to ensure the right strategic direction is being taken, while molding the TAG experience for both new and current member companies.
Previously, Jamie worked for MK Enterprises Inc, streamlining their operations, driving sales, and consolidating resources. He restructured the company’s operational and sales strategies which resulted in the successful sale of the company.
Jamie earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from St. Lawrence University, in Canton, NY, specializing in environmental psychology. He was also captain of the varsity crew team.
Todd Miller is the Director of Compliance at the Trustworthy Accountability Group. In this role, Todd is responsible for member compliance with TAG’s best practices and industry guidelines. Prior to joining TAG, Todd has been the Compliance Officer at RhythmOne, CJ Affiliate and Online Intelligence, and was responsible for developing policies and procedures for clients ranging from Apple to Zappos. He has over fourteen years of experience working to ensure quality and compliance for online advertising companies, which independent third-parties consistently rated as among the safest in the industry. Previously, Todd was Senior Producer for Web Development at Addictive Media/NetLojix Communications in Santa Barbara, CA, working with clients such as Disney, the United Nations and Sony Entertainment.
Dominique Matthews is Manager of Operations & Member Services at the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG). She has over 13 years of proficient experience (within the Consumer Reporting Agency <CRA> industry) in client and customer service, combined with 3 years of management experience in Compliance and Data Operations. She founded the mainstream of her experience and practices throughout her, nearly 13-year, employment tenure with CoreLogic SafeRent (formerly known as First Advantage SafeRent); of which she held the titles of a Data Quality Analyst Sr., Client Services and Compliance Analyst Sr., and the Data Operations Manager, from August 2004 until July 2017. Dominique has increased on past performances of success in accomplishing a vast range of goals, deadlines and advancements throughout a broad range of conditions; including, but not limited to maintaining departments functions and operations, with limited resources, while undergoing more than one company acquisition.
Dominique attended Montgomery College to obtain an Associates Degree in Communications and Public Relations.