Mike Zaneis has served as President and CEO of the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) since 2015, spearheading the digital advertising industry’s efforts to fight criminal activity, increase brand safety, and facilitate threat sharing capabilities. Under his leadership the organization has grown to include more than 650 global member companies, operating in 28 countries across 6 continents. TAG’s programs are proven to stop at least 85% of advertising fraud and have removed 90% of ads from leading pirate sites in North America. TAG is currently designated as the industry’s only Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO).
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.
Before 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 Chief Operating Officer of the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG). Rachel has spent her career studying, creating and implementing digital policy in the business, non-profit and academic sectors. Prior to joining TAG, Thomas served as Vice President of Advocacy & Accountability at the Data & Marketing Association (DMA), advocating brands' data policy agenda before Congress and federal agencies on behalf of thousands of business and nonprofit organizations. She served concurrently as Executive Director of the 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 publishing operations and managing a global corps of 80 Privacy Officials in more than 40 countries.
Rachel earned a Bachelor Degree from Yale University and a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy. She has held the Certified Brand Safety Officer (BSO) distinction from the Brand Safety Institute (BSI) since its inception in 2019, and the Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP) distinction from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) since 2008. Her research on cybersecurity public-private partnerships has been published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Thomson Reuters Press.
Matt Beverin is Manager of Operations & Members Services at the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG).
He has over six years of industry experience in digital advertising, TV advertising, media, and client services. Prior to joining TAG, Matt served as an Programmatic Account Executive at OwnerIQ where he would prospect, evaluate, and identify best opportunities by engaging agency and client direct decision makers at all levels.
Previously, Matt served as an Account Manager and Sales Assistant at Cox Media Group. While as an Account Manager, Matt supported two Account Executive and one Sales Manager by ensuring media campaigns ran correctly throughout each quarter. He was also the direct connection between 15 national television stations and various New York City agencies, where he would manage the relationships between both parties. As a Sales Assistant, Matt maintained orders for affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.
Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/PR from Monmouth University, in West Long Branch, NJ. He was also part of the Men's Soccer program which were ranked as high as #4 in the country NCAA Division 1 Schools.
Vanessa Goff-Yu is Director of Communications & Marketing at the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG).
Vanessa is a versatile and multidisciplinary marketer with more than 10 years experience working across various types of businesses; from education to tech start-ups, to media, to gaming. She’s passionate about creating innovative marketing strategies that engage the businesses’ target audience by leveraging unique combinations of marketing channels.
At TAG, Vanessa oversees all of organisation’s Marketing and Communications efforts. From ensuring TAG’s members are up-to-date with the latest findings and practices from our specialised working groups to educating the wider advertising industry on preventive measures we should all take to reduce the risk of digital crimes occurring.
Mark Goldman is Finance Director at TAG where he is responsible for TAG's finances, accounting and financial reporting. Prior to joining TAG, Mark was Senior Director of Finance at the Interactive Advertising Bureau for more than 10 years. After retiring from the IAB, Mark joined TAG, initially as Financial Consultant and later, Finance Director. Mark earned his CPA, and a BS at the City University of New York.
Margaret Hackley is the Office Manager and Executive Assistant at Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG). She has been with TAG since January 2019 and before joining TAG Margaret was working in the Architectural Industry in the same position for over 30 years. She works directly with the President & CEO and the COO for TAG making sure that the office runs smoothly and efficiently. Margaret has been integrated into TAG's Membership Team and handles all tasks associated with that position. She also helps other TAG staff members as needed with various tasks.
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.
Jules Kendrick is Managing Director of UK and Europe at the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG). Prior to joining TAG, Jules was CEO of the Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards (JICWEBS), a UK cross-industry trade body overseeing the independent development of Good Practice and Standards for digital ad trading, to increase transparency and trust in how digital advertising is bought and sold.
Jules has a wealth of commercial, technology and media expertise. She started her career in advertising at the Guardian & Observer Newspaper Group, moving on to launch the commercial department at the leading UK parenting forum, Mumsnet.com. Jules was part of the team that launched the hugely successful Amazon Media Group in the UK, followed by leadership roles at IDG and Business Insider.
Adrian Lacey is Director, Policy and Programs at the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) with a focus on the Brand Safety Certified Program as well as project management of the pioneering TAG DLT cross-industry pilot in the UK.
Adrian has a wealth of digital media experience, having worked and consulted for a broad cross-section of the digital advertising ecosystem. He joins TAG from JICWEBS where he was responsible for their DTSG and CV Vendor programs, leading improvements and managing working groups. His knowledge and contacts have been shaped through senior roles for many well known entrepreneurial digital firms and large media owners. Past roles include UK MD for Tacoda ( AOL ) Tremor Video and Crimtan, where he grew businesses from launch to sustainable growth, whilst also managing g teams of up to 30 people. He then moved to Bauer Media where he restructured their ad platforms and grew commercial partnerships.
Looking to channel his strong commercial and technical knowledge to improve TAG's new Global Brand Safety Certificate.
Dominique Matthews is Manager of Operations & Member Services at the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG). Her current role at TAG is to aid & support TAG's Member Services team and its membership community. Dominique assists the team by aiding in TAG's initial engagement process; leading to the onboarding & enrollment of new (and renewed) TAG member prospects. She also leads in the performance of daily membership tasks and activities that help collect membership data relevant to Team TAG, that further helps drive engagement from the TAG community in TAG's programs and benefits. In company with TAG's Member Services team, Dominique, too, interacts with the entire membership of the TAG community to ensure the security in achieving the greatest value of their program benefits.
Prior to TAG, Dominique has had 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. Since onboarding with TAG in July 2017, Dominique continues to increase 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 under new and unprecedented circumstances.
Dominique attended Montgomery College to obtain an Associates Degree in Communications and Public Relations.
Todd Miller is the Vice President of Policy and Compliance at the Trustworthy Accountability Group. Since 2004, he has been helping companies and advertisers to develop and deploy tools, standards, and practices, to fight against non-compliance in digital advertising. In his role with TAG, Todd is responsible for ensuring that members adhere to TAG's best-practices and industry guidelines.
Prior to joining TAG in 2018, Todd had been the Compliance Officer for several online advertising companies, which independent third parties rated as among the safest in the industry. With experience in digital advertising from display and video, social and influencer, to affiliate and search, Todd has created compliance solutions for advertisers ranging from Apple to Zappos.
Before 2004, Todd was Senior Producer for Web Development and Webmaster for Addictive Media in Santa Barbara, CA, working with clients such as Disney, the United Nations and Sony Entertainment. Prior to that, he held a range of roles, including radio disc-jockey and technical support manager.
Bonnie Niederstrasser is Director, Policy and Programs at the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG). She has over 20 years of industry and consulting experience in digital advertising, media, client services, telecommunications, and aerospace sectors. At TAG, Bonnie is responsible for oversees all aspects of TAG policy development and provides membership support for the TAG Community, including facilitating TAG's working groups and engagement in thought leadership initiatives. Prior to joining TAG, Bonnie worked for Charter Communications in their digital media product organization, where she oversaw monetization and media sales for Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks' online and mobile owned and operated properties, including RoadRunner and NY1. Bonnie also managed media planning, audience measurement and digital analytics products for Comscore and drove over $30MM of ad product and inventory revenue for AOL's advertising division (now part of Verizon Media). Previously, Bonnie was an aerospace systems engineer (aka certified rocket scientist) for Orbital Sciences (now part of Northrop Grumman), supporting business development and directing testing and mission operations for NASA and commercial satellites.
Bonnie holds 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.
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.
Nick Stringer is Vice President of Global Engagement and Operations. Nick's role is to develop TAG's international footprint and to ensure a consistent approach across markets to tackling criminal activity and promoting brand safety in the digital advertising supply chain. He liaises with companies, industry groups and trade bodies all across the world to achieve this. Nick is a certified Brand Safety Officer (BSO) 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 and between 2013-17, Nick chaired the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA), the sister body of the US Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), which administers the EU industry initiative on interest-based advertising.
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.
TAG’s Vice President of Threat Intelligence, Jeff Watson, has over 15 years of experience in Cyber Intelligence, Investigations, Incident Response, and Cyber Engineering. Before joining TAG, Jeff was the Product Manager for the Cybersecurity Cloud Innovation Laboratory and the Architect for the Continuous Controls Monitoring program at JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Prior to JPMC, Jeff was a Professor at the U.S. National Intelligence University where he built and taught the graduate Cyber Intelligence curriculum to senior and mid-career U.S. Intelligence Officers. He based this curriculum on his real-world experience at U.S. Cyber Command and as a cyber warfare officer in U.S. Air Force.
During his tenure in the Air Force, Jeff served in several cyber leadership roles as well as leading the Computer Emergency Response Team at the Defense Intelligence Agency protecting cyber and human intelligence assets deployed all over the world.
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Masters in International Relations from Webster University. He is also a Masters candidate at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland where he is studying Technology Management and Data Analytics, respectively, and is researching AI augmentation of cybersecurity intelligence and defense. Jeff holds several cyber certifications from multiple certification bodies such as CISSP and Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).