Michael M. Kubayanda

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. designated Michael M. Kubayanda chairman of the Commission in January 2021. Chairman Kubayanda was reappointed to the Commission on December 9, 2021, for a second term expiring November 22, 2026, following his renomination by President Biden and second unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate. He was named vice chairman in August 2019 and served in that position 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. He previously worked with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Postal Service, ending as director of government relations, a role in which he worked with OIG officials to support the work of inspectors general in data analytics. In the OIG’s research group, he oversaw research on technical issues and authored reports addressing postal economics, intellectual property, and public-private partnerships, while serving as an advisor to colleagues on issues such as privacy, knowledge management, and innovation. Prior to his work with the OIG, he served on the staff of 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.