Stephen M. Ruckman joined the university in November 2015 as the senior advisor to the president for policy.
Ruckman is responsible for university policy development and analysis, as well as related strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and project management. He works with President Ronald J. Daniels and senior staff to evaluate existing university policies and develop new policy solutions that advance the institution’s mission.
Ruckman has served in a variety of policy roles, most recently Senior Policy Advisor in the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to the FCC, he spent five years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, where he handled policy matters ranging from campaign finance to consumers’ online privacy, and was appointed the first Director of the Office’s Internet Privacy Unit. Ruckman also worked as a Fellow and Program Manager of the Hills Program on Governance at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Ruckman was in private law practice, advising clients on strategies for protecting privacy and managing cyber risk, as well as federal and state investigations and enforcement actions.
Ruckman graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, receiving his B.A. in political ethics and music. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a M.A.R. in Ethics from Yale Divinity School, and a M.Sc. in Philosophy, Policy, and Social Value from the London School of Economics, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the bar in Maryland and Washington, D.C.