KnowledgeNet Chapter Chair Roles and Expectations

KnowledgeNet Chapters bring the local privacy community together through free educational meetings and networking activities. Chapters give members opportunities to meet peers in their local area, learn something new, and earn free continuing privacy education (CPE) credits. To learn more about this opportunity, please see the IAPP KnowledgeNet Chapter Volunteer Resources page.


KnowledgeNet Chapter Chair Expectations

KnowledgeNet Chapter Chairs are expected to:

  • Organize quarterly educational meetings for local members featuring a relevant topic and engaging presentation or discussion
      • Organize at least one educational meeting annually that aligns with an IAPP Section; including, Diversity in Privacy, Privacy Bar, Privacy Engineering, and Women Leading Privacy
      • Hold at least one virtual meeting annually
  • Organize at least two casual networking activities for local members and guests
      • Coordinate with a Young Privacy Professional if there is one in your area
  • Secure a knowledgeable speaker or diverse panel
  • Work with local organizations to donate meeting space or find an approved virtual platform
  • Guide new co-chairs and engage with other chapter volunteers and members
  • Be advocates for the IAPP in their local chapter



KnowledgeNet Chapter Chairs are required to:

  • Serve a two-year term
  • Attend and actively contribute to planning
  • Promote their local chapter activities through social media and personal networks
  • Promote the privacy profession by ensuring their chapter’s meetings and activities meet member needs


Selection criteria

Typically, four chairs are selected per location with the goal of creating a balanced working group based on experience level, industry sector, geographic location and area of expertise. Considerations for selection include:

  • Continuous membership with the IAPP
  • Recent KnowledgeNet Chapter meeting attendance
  • Previous leadership roles within the IAPP
  • Whether the candidate holds any IAPP certifications (CIPP, CIPM, CIPT)
  • IAPP conference attendance

Please note:

  • You are not an agent or employee of the IAPP. You do not have authority to act on behalf of the IAPP. While in your role as a chapter chair, your decisions, actions, and opinions speak about you as an IAPP volunteer
  • During your two-year term as a chapter chair, you are required to opt-in to the online IAPP Member Directory and provide a headshot and email address for the KnowledgeNet Chapter Chair page. Your information will be available to IAPP members only



Volunteering as a KnowledgeNet Chapter Chair is a meaningful way to contribute your time, energy and expertise to helping build the privacy profession locally, and create new learning and networking opportunities for chapter members. You’ll also gain:

  • Recognition as a leader in the local privacy community
  • Three continuing privacy education (CPE) credits at the end of each year of your two-year term


How to Apply

The IAPP accepts applications for KnowledgeNet Chapter Chairs every September through our Call for Volunteers. For more information, visit our Call for Volunteers FAQ, or contact for information on other volunteer opportunities.