General Questions

How do I apply?

Complete an online submission form on the volunteer page during the submission period.

Can I apply for more than one position?

No, please submit an application for your top choice. If you are not selected for your top choice, we may contact you to offer options for a different position.

How long is the commitment?

The length of commitment varies depending on the role. Review the roles and expectations on the volunteer page of the position you are interested in.

When will I be notified if I’ve been selected?

All applicants will be notified by the end of the year.

Do I need to be an IAPP member to apply and what if I’m a new member?

Yes, all volunteers need to be IAPP members. All members are encouraged to apply. However, the length of membership might be taken into consideration for certain positions. Learn more about member benefits and join today.

What if I’m new to the privacy profession?

Length of involvement in the field might affect selection of candidates for certain positions. You are still encouraged to apply.

I don’t meet all the qualifications for a leadership position. Can I still get involved?

Yes, if you want to try out a one-time volunteer position to get some experience we have those too! See all volunteer opportunities on the volunteer page.

I missed the submission period. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately, you will need to wait until the next open submission period that takes place every fall. However, if you want us to make a note of your interest please email

Can I apply on behalf of another member?

No, members need to log in to their MyIAPP account to complete their own application.

How else can I get involved with the IAPP?

There are many ways to get involved. Please see the volunteer page for a full list of options.



Advisory Board Questions

Which board is for me?

Depending on your background and interest, it might be helpful to review the roles and expectations documents for each of our open boards to see where your abilities and the scope of work best match.

Are regional boards only open to those of that region?

No, if you have working knowledge of a region for which you can contribute, although you may not live there, you would certainly be considered for that board.

Is conference attendance mandatory?

No, however, there may be an onsite luncheon or advisory board meeting taking place at a conference that it would be advantageous for you to attend. We love to connect with our advisory board members at our conferences.

I haven’t published any articles. Can I still apply to the Publications Advisory Board?

Yes, published articles are not a requirement. Please refer to the roles and expectations document for more information.



KnowledgeNet Chapter Questions

I don’t see a chapter near me listed, how do I get involved?

New chapter requests will be reviewed at the beginning of the year. Please read the roles and expectations for KnowledgeNet Chapter chairs, and if you're interested, email Leah Harrington at to learn more.

Who are the current chapter chairs?

Current chapter chairs are listed on our chair page.

Do I have to live near the chapter I apply for?

You must live or work near the chapter you apply for.

I’m a current KnowledgeNet Chapter chair. Do I need to reapply?

If your term continues into next year, you do not need to re-apply. Chairs serve a two-year term so if your term is ending this year you will need to re-apply. If you’re not sure when your term ends please email