We aim to make industrial-strength online protection accessible to everyone.
We are trauma-aware and compassionate with everyone who reaches out to us. The language we use acknowledges the worry, pain, and frustration caused by targeted online harassment. We see you and support you.
We stay ahead of trends in online security to keep your safeguards strong. Collectively, we have decades of experience doing incident response and cyber-security work. We leverage our knowledge of and friendship with many allied organizations to create the best possible system of safeguards for you.
We are super-responsive to client needs and requests. We are personally invested in the fight against online harassment and intrusion. Your well-being, safety, and privacy are our highest priorities.
We have deep roots in tech and a keen desire to use it for good. We are aware of the ethical issues tech faces today and want to be the change we are seeking. We want the ethics of tech to improve and we are leading the change. Every part of our company from our corporate policies to how we use and store data is intentionally designed to reflect our values and keep you safe.
Veteran software engineers. Computer security incident response pros. Sexual assault survivor advocates. Our people have the tech muscle, industry experience, and empathy-based drive to power up a new standard of online security.
CEO and Co-Founder
Leigh has more than a decade of experience in computer security incident response. Prior to co-founding Tall Poppy, she was a Technology Fellow at the ACLU's Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology. Her industry career included running security incident response at Slack, protecting infrastructure running a million apps at Salesforce.com, shipping patches for billions of computers on a monthly basis at Microsoft, and analyzing malware at Symantec. Leigh has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto where she majored in Computer Science and Equity Studies, and is a frequent keynote speaker at security and software conferences around the world.
Head of Engineering
Erica has been a software engineer at a variety of companies and organizations. She was an early employee at Square and one of the first engineers on staff at Code for America. She has worked on projects for the Veterans Affairs department and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services as a senior engineer at Nuna. Erica is focused on building tools that have a meaningful impact. She has a computer science degree from the University of Victoria.
Engineer / Client Relations Manager
Brooke has a background in tech and social service. Most recently, she served as the Advocacy Coordinator at the Michigan State University Sexual Assault Program where she advocated for survivors individually and systemically. She is passionate about anti-oppressive work that de-weaponizes technology. Brooke graduated from the University of Michigan College of Engineering with a bachelor’s in Computer Science.
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Tom has plenty of practice keeping people safe online and building empowering products which help with that. As the Committee to Protect Journalists's first Staff Technologist, they improved the integrity of online tools & platforms while teaching newsrooms and freelancers how best to protect themselves. Before joining Tall Poppy, Tom was responsible for the privacy and security of the Brave web browser and fought to make the Web respect the people who use it. Their career has included coordinating tech projects at the online anonymity system Tor, and working on the Privacy and Public Policy team at Mozilla. Tom has a BA in Political Theory, Information Technology Policy, and Applications of Computing from Princeton University. They strive to build things which treat people with compassion and respect, and remain grimly optimistic that the rising tide of surveillance can be reversed.
Nadia is a Product Designer with a passion for illustration. She most recently worked for a company that created innovative technology for dermatology, where she was responsible for UI/UX design. Before that, her experience in hospital IT inspired her to enter the design field to improve the UX of helping-focused technologies. She is passionate about placing the user at the forefront of all software decisions. When not working, she enjoys reading, gaming, and playing with her cat Pebbles.
Customer Success Manager
Danielle is a Customer Success Manager dedicated to reducing impacts of extremism and harassment online. She has worked in the UX/UI industry, focusing on making UX design accessible through education and support. Danielle holds a BA in Sociology from Oberlin College, where she learned the importance of viewing technology through a historical and intersectional lens. In her free time, she enjoys gaming, cycling, and playing drums and guitar.
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Rochelle de Leon
Rochelle takes care of all things administrative. She has a demonstrated history of working in multiple industries, a few of which include non-profit, digital agency, and venture capital. Rochelle holds a BA in Business Administration from University of Hawaii West Oahu. When not working, Rochelle loves going to the gym, cycling, and playing with her pup Salem.
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