People of Kuma – Ivy Orecchio
Drives autocross on the weekends, was Miss Rhode Island and was a candidate in the 2014 Miss America competition, and had a pet marmoset monkey for the past 11 years, Ivy Orecchio lives a fun-filled life outside of work. Learn more about her day to day life when it comes to all things Kuma.
Tell us about your role. What’s a typical day like?
As a Senior Analyst for Kuma LLC, I play a direct client-facing role. I have the honor of working with the County of Santa Clara Privacy Office every day, where I act as a privacy subject matter expert, conduct privacy reviews, and provide input on privacy operations across the enterprise. Most recently, I completed an 8-month long project, developing the County’s first web-based privacy training, “Introduction to Privacy,” which will be required for all County employees.
What’s been your proudest moment at Kuma?
In 2019, I helped stand up the Kuma Foundation. My career got its start at a non-profit organization, and I am designated as a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. This was an exciting opportunity to exercise some of my strengths outside the field of privacy. I ran a workshop with the entire Kuma team to develop our short- and long-term goals, drafted the Foundation’s original vision and mission, and planned the first 6 months of activities. It has been exciting to see the Kuma Foundation grow under the leadership of its Executive Director, Sally Crockett, and see the great work being done under its STEAM initiatives.
What do your friends think you do?
I usually sum up my job as, “I work in technology,” when meeting new people, but occasionally, I connect with others on industry-specific privacy laws, like HIPAA! Two years ago, I met a doctor at a networking event, and she and I bonded over the need to protect patient confidentiality. She and I have become great friends since then!
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?
I honestly cannot imagine working at a place better than Kuma. My first week with the company, my husband and I were invited to the Kuma annual off-site, where I got to meet the entire team in-person for the first time. As a 100% remote company, Kuma has found a way to instill a “Kuma family” mentality in all of its team members. I love that I can connect both personally and professionally with every member of this team.
What’s your favorite local business?
Although it is not quite “local” to El Paso, as it is an hour drive away, my favorite local business is D.H. Lescombes Winery and Bistro in Las Cruces, NM. My favorite items on their menu include the aromatic flight (featuring their rose’, chenin blanc, and riesling) and the “signature nosh” charcuterie board!
What advice do you have for someone interested in joining the privacy and security sector?
Go for it and never stop learning! I have been so lucky to have bosses and mentors advocate for my growth and development within the field. In my first privacy job, my director allowed to me attend as many workshops, seminars, and trainings as possible to learn as much about privacy as I could in my first year on the job. She later introduced me to Dr. Jenn Behrens of Kuma, who has equally been my advocate in my pursuit of privacy knowledge.