Twitter, Google veteran Nicole Wong leaving White House post

Nicole Wong, a Silicon Valley veteran, is exiting her position at the White House.

For a little more than a year, Wong, who previously worked at Google and Twitter, served as a deputy chief technology officer. Now she plans to return to California, where her family lives.

“Nicole is an incredibly talented and insightful leader, who has made major contributions to big data, privacy, and Internet policy during her time at the White House,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said in a statement.

Wong was one of the chief authors of a White House report on Big Data released in May. She also played a behind-the-scenes role in developing and putting in place several privacy initiatives.

Immediately prior to joining the White House, Wong served as legal director for products at Twitter. Before that, she had been a vice president and deputy general counsel at Google.

The White House, which announced Wong’s departure, did not say why she is leaving.

File photo of Nicole Wong taken from a video shot by David Barreda/Mercury News.

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