Michael M. Kubayanda

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. designated Michael M. Kubayanda chairman of the Commission in January 2021. Chairman Kubayanda was first nominated to the Commission in June 2018 by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in January 2019. Chairman Kubayanda served as vice chairman from August 2019 through the end of 2020. Prior to his appointment to the Commission, he worked on privacy strategy and compliance issues with a health technology startup. He also worked with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General and on the staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Prior to joining the Commission, Chairman Kubayanda served as a board member and privacy officer for a digital health startup offering cloud solutions for medical practices in the United States and emerging markets. Before that, he worked in multiple roles with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Postal Service, ending as Director, Government Relations. As Director, he worked with OIG officials to support the work of inspectors general in data analytics. He also worked in the OIG’s research group where he oversaw research on technical issues and wrote reports addressing postal economics and price regulation, intellectual property, and public-private partnerships. While in this role he was an advisor on issues such as privacy, knowledge management, and innovation. Prior to his time at the OIG, he served as counsel to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Chairman Kubayanda holds degrees from Georgetown University, Northwestern University, and the Ohio State University. He also studied at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.