What is the Information Governance Initiative?

The Information Governance Initiative (IGI) is a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank dedicated to advancing the adoption of Information Governance practices and technologies through research, publishing, advocacy and peer-to-peer networking. The IGI publishes research, benchmarking surveys, and guidance for practitioners that is freely available on its website. Later this year the IGI will be adding an online community designed to foster discussion and networking among practitioners.

The IGI was founded by recognized leaders in the field of Information Governance, and is supported by leading providers of Information Governance products and services. 






The IGI Advisory Board is a small group of senior professionals and subject matter experts representing the disciplines that together comprise Information Governance. The Advisory Board provides feedback and direction on the IGI's agenda and strategy. We are proud to launch the Advisory Board with an incredible group of talented individuals, and we will continue to add representatives from additional IG focus areas, ensuring that the IGI has a true cross-disciplinary focus on IG. 

IGI Advisory Board Members

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Courtney Ingraffia Barton

Senior Counsel, Global Privacy | Hilton Worldwide, Inc. 

Courtney is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of Hilton Worldwide’s Global Privacy Program. In this role she provides counseling and training on all aspects of consumer and employee privacy, partnering with Customer Marketing, Online Services, Human Resources, Information Technology and other members of the legal department to guide Hilton Worldwide’s global privacy practices and initiatives. 

Courtney is the Founder and Co-Chair of the WMACCA Data Privacy and Security Interest Group and serves on the Advisory Board for the Georgetown Law School Cybersecurity Law Institute. She is a graduate of Tulane Law School and received an MPH from Harvard University.  She is co-editor of the book, Managing ESI and E-Discovery (ABA, 2011). 


Leigh Isaacs, IGP, CIP 

Information Governance Peer Group Vice President | ILTA

Leigh currently serves as the Information Governance Peer Group Vice President at ILTA (the International Legal Technology Association). She is also a Steering Committee member for the Law Firm Information Governance Symposium and is a Trustee for the ARMA International Education Foundation.  She is a published author and speaker on issues relating to information governance

Leigh Isaacs is the Director – Records & Information Governance for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.  She has over 25 years of combined legal and information management experience.  Leigh's expertise includes deployment of enterprise programs, development of information management programs, on and off-site storage considerations including outsourcing,  process improvements, evaluation and implementation of technology solutions and the disposition of information for dissolved entities.

“Information governance increasingly is being recognized as critical to leveraging the value of information while simultaneously reducing the costs and risks that surround it, particularly as it relates to records management, e-discovery and litigation readiness,” said Leigh Isaacs, VP of the information governance Peer Group at ILTA and IGI Advisory Board member. “The IGI is going to be a transformational force to increase awareness, shape industry standards, and offer practical advice that information governance practitioners can use daily.”

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Richard Stiennon

Chief Research Analyst | IT-Harvest

Richard Stiennon is Chief Research Analyst for IT-Harvest, the firm he founded in 2005 to cover the booming IT security industry. He is the author of Surviving Cyberwar (Government Institutes, 2010) and UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence (IT-Harvest Press, 2012). He writes the Cyber Domain column for forbes.com and is frequently quoted as a cyber security expert in mainstream media. He advises his clients on cybersecurity strategy.  He is also the Executive Editor of securitycurrent.com and the Senior Fellow at the International Cybersecurity Dialogue. He was Chief Marketing Officer for Fortinet, Inc. and VP Threat Research at Webroot Software. Prior to that he was VP Research at Gartner, Inc. Stiennon has presented on cyber security threats and defenses in 28 countries on six continents. He is known for his iconoclastic analysis of the security industry and always challenges his audience to question accepted practices in the face of changing cyber threats.  He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and is writing his thesis for an MA in War in the Modern World from King’s College, London.

“Information Governance is closely coupled to the ideas and practices of IT security,” said Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst for IT-Harvest and IGI Advisory Board member. “In a world of rising threats against data of all types, it is important that an organization's information governance plan is integrated with its security practices.”


Julie Colgan

President | ARMA International

Julie J. Colgan, President of ARMA International has been in the information management profession for over 15 years.  She is a recognized thought leader on the topics of information governance and records management.  Julie, a Certified Information Governance Professional (IGP) and Certified Records Manager (CRM), has enjoyed a career spanning in-house, consultative and technology-focused roles for public and private organizations.  Ms. Colgan is a dedicated volunteer leader in her professional community, and speaks and writes regularly on a variety of information management topics.

"ARMA International is thrilled to be a part of the IGI," said Julie J. Colgan, CRM, IGP, President of ARMA International. "ARMA International has been at the forefront of shaping the IG profession through its education, publications and the development of the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles(R). By bringing together a critical mass of IG stakeholders and thought leaders in a collaborative setting, we believe the IGI will be an important vehicle for helping practitioners turn thinking into action."





The IGI Leadership Team

Three years ago, the founders of the IGI sat down together in a conference room in Washington, D.C and quickly realized they shared a vision for a consortium and think tank devoted to advancing Information Governance. Each had seen the incredible value that better information governance could create for their clients, but had also witnessed the consequences of information failure first-hand. Without a way for IG practitioners to share their experience across disciplines, it seemed unlikely that the promise of information governance would be fulfilled. Today, thanks to the support of like-minded individuals and organizations, this vision has been realized.


Barclay T. Blair

Founder and Executive Directo

Barclay T. Blair is an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, software and hardware vendors, and government institutions, and is an author, speaker, and internationally recognized authority on information governance. Barclay has led several high-profile consulting engagements at the world’s leading institutions to help them globally transform the way they manage information. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Information Governance Initiative and president of consulting firm ViaLumina.

Barclay is the award-winning author of the books Information Nation: Seven Keys to Information Management Compliance; Information Nation Warrior; and Privacy Nation. Barclay has written and edited dozens of publications, speaks internationally on information management compliance issues, and has taught at George Washington University. Barclay is currently writing Information Governance for Dummies.

Barclay's popular Information Governance blog is available here

Bennett B. Borden

Founder and Chair

Bennett B. Borden is a partner in Drinker Biddle's Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Chair of the Information Governance and E-Discovery Group. He is also Executive Managing Director of the firm's technology subsidiary Tritura IG LLC, which provides state-of-the-art technology services.  

Bennett is a globally recognized authority on the legal, technology, and policy implications of digital information. Bennett has focused his career on helping clients use the power of information governance to drive strategic litigation outcomes, reduce e-discovery costs, and improve business operations.

Bennett is Chair of the Cloud Computing Committee and Vice Chair of the E-discovery and Digital Evidence Committee of the Science and Technology Law Section of the ABA. He is also a founding member of the steering committee for the Electronic Discovery Section of the District of Columbia Bar, an information governance drafting group member of The Sedona Conference, an Advisory Committee Member for the Georgetown Paralegal Studies Program, and a Board Member for the D.C. Chapter of ARMA. He is a frequent speaker and author and a guest lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Virginia Law School, Temple University Law School, and the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.

Learn more about Bennett here


Jason R. Baron


Jason R. Baron serves as Of Counsel in Drinker Biddle’s Information Governance and eDiscovery practice.

An internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of electronic documents, Jason previously served as Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration and as trial lawyer and senior counsel at the Department of Justice. In those roles, Jason helped drive the government’s adoption of electronic recordkeeping practices and defended the government’s interests in complex federal court litigation, including as lead counsel in landmark cases involving the preservation of White House email.

Jason was a founding co-coordinator of the National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC Legal Track, a multi-year international information retrieval project devoted to evaluating search issues in a legal context, and served as track coordinator for the first four years of the track (2006-2009).  He also founded the international DESI (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) workshop series, bringing together lawyers and academics to discuss cutting-edge issues in e-discovery.  Since 2007, past DESI workshops have been held in Palo Alto, London, Barcelona, Pittsburgh, and Rome, with a related workshop held in Beijing.

Jason has served as a steering committee co-chair of The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 (Electronic Document Retention and Production) and as an editor in chief on three Sedona commentaries.  He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of ARMA International.  He currently serves on the Georgetown Advanced E-discovery Institute Advisory Board and is part of the adjunct faculty of the University of Maryland, where he teaches a graduate level e-discovery seminar.  Among his many honors, he is the 2011 recipient of the international Emmett Leahy award, given for his achievements in the field of information management.

You can learn more about Jason here.

Jay Brudz

General Counsel

Jay Brudz is a partner in Drinker Biddle’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Data Management and Discovery team. He is also Executive Managing Director of the firm's technology subsidiary Tritura IG LLC, which provides state-of-the-art technology services.

Jay’s experience includes building and managing world class e-discovery operations, internal compliance, and FCPA investigations, and developing enterprise-level information governance best practices.

Jay previously served in several roles that focused on the intersection of applied technology and law, including as Senior Counsel for Legal Technology at General Electric, where he created and led their corporate e-discovery center supporting over 1,200 attorneys. In this role, he was also responsible for all corporate technology initiatives within GE’s legal operation, including the successful implementation of legal hold, e-billing, insider trading compliance, intranet, and patent docketing systems.

Jay also previously served as President and Senior Forensic Consultant of Verabit, where he conducted computer forensic investigations and provided expert consultation and testimony in cases ranging from employee misappropriation of trade secrets to FCPA investigations. Prior to that, he was a system architect and lead developer for a database backed Web-based development company specializing in creating customized systems for corporate legal operations. Jay is an accomplished Java, PHP, VisualBasic, and PL-SQL programmer, and he has experience with many other technologies.

Jay has also served as Litigation and Transactions counsel for GE Industrial Systems, where he managed a diverse portfolio of cases and M&A transactions for a $4.5 billion division of General Electric.

You can learn more about Jay here.

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