Robert C. Stokka

Privacy Program Manager
Robert Stokka

Robert Stokka brings to his role at Venable his experience working for two of the world’s largest online platforms and in various government positions. Robert understands the internal processes and policies when developing programs that protect both internal and external functions. He draws on this background to lead a team of privacy escalation analysts to respond to and manage end-to-end escalations arising from privacy-related media and regulatory inquiries, leadership requirements, and confrontations with threat actors. Robert’s main object is to keep threat actors from abusing platforms and utilize these success stories to implement long-term best practices.

Robert brings experience working for one of the largest short-form video sharing platforms and one of the largest search engine providers. He was intricately involved in the U.S. election in 2020, which saw an unprecedented volume of threat actors; he made decisions on how to best escalate and triage content for review while updating leadership on risk mitigation daily. In addition, Robert built out different programs from specialized moderation groups for the first machine learning team focused on labeling high-risk content to improve detection methods. Robert has launched several global policies, from drafting to implementation, overseeing the entire process. He was able to build out automated pipelines for intel sharing and developed processes for synthesizing cross-product intel for the larger team. Robert demonstrates the ability to work cross-functionally across products, engineering applications, communication modalities, legal matters, policies, and government affairs. He brings innovative ideas with the growth mindset needed to make them scalable and impactful.

Robert earned his graduate degree from James Madison University while studying the European Union in Italy and taking academic trips to Brussels and Strasbourg to meet with government officials. He has also worked in government roles at the international, state, and local levels.

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Government Experience

  • Deputy chief clerk, House of Representatives, Colorado General Assembly
  • Elections specialist, City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota



  • M.A. Political Science James Madison University 2018
  • B.A. Political Science Iowa State University 2016

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Los Angeles World Affairs Council
  • Member, Trust & Safety Professional Association
  • Member, Committee on Foreign Relations Minnesota
  • Member, Global Minnesota



  • Robert engages in volunteer work with various organizations, such as Big Brother Big Sister, Nepris, Children First, Habitat for Humanity Twin Cities, Médecins Sans Frontières, Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Ka Joog, and Big Event Florence