Department of Administration
Department of Administration
Department of Administration

Ashley Summitt to Serve as State's Chief Privacy Officer


CHARLESTON, W.Va – The West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management (BRIM) announced today the selection of Ashley Summitt, Esq., to serve as the state’s Chief Privacy Officer, effective March 2, 2019. Summitt will succeed Sallie Milam, who retired from state government in January after serving as the Chief Privacy Officer since 2002.

Prior to accepting this position, Summitt worked as the Deputy General Counsel and Privacy Officer for the Governor’s Office since 2017. From 2009 to 2017, she served as general counsel for the West Virginia Secretary of State and has also worked for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Additionally, Summitt worked in the private sector as an associate with a private law practice. “I feel that Ashley is an excellent choice for this position as her background shows she will do an excellent job in her new role,” said Department of Administration Cabinet Secretary Allan McVey.

Summitt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Hollins College in 1988, a master’s degree in Public Administration from the London School of Economics in 1991, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Northeastern University School of Law in 2000.   

According to BRIM Executive Director Mary Jane Pickens, Summitt has demonstrated a strong interest in the privacy field as a member of the Privacy Management Team and holds a genuine concern for protecting the personal information of the state’s citizens and workforce. The Privacy Management Team is comprised of appointed representatives from all Executive Branch department-level organizations, several constitutional offices, and institutions of higher education.

The State Privacy Office, which was previously organized under the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Health Care Authority, was transferred to BRIM in 2017 following Executive Order No. 3-17 issued by Governor Jim Justice. The State Privacy Office leads the West Virginia State Privacy Program with a mission to protect the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) collected and maintained by Executive Branch agencies. The State Privacy Program manages privacy policies and procedures, training and awareness activities, privacy incidents, and technical assistance for privacy assessments for new technology.


Samantha Knapp