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Kathleen Styles, CPO
Kathleen Styles
Chief Privacy Officer

Kathleen Styles is the Department of Education’s first Chief Privacy Officer where she serves as the senior advisor to the Secretary on Departmental policies and programs related to privacy and confidentiality. She is a frequent speaker on issues related to student privacy, and she coordinates technical assistance to states, districts, and schools related to privacy best practices and compliance. She heads a new division dedicated to advancing the responsible stewardship, collection, use, maintenance and disclosure of information at the national level within the Education Department. Kathleen is responsible for the Department’s operations relating to the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), records management, information collection clearance, departmental directives, privacy safeguards, and disclosure avoidance. Kathleen is an attorney, licensed to practice law in Texas and the District of Columbia, and she is CIPP-G certified in government information privacy.


  • State Bar of Texas
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • American Statistical Association (ASA)
  • American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP)

Contact Information:

Kathleen Styles
Chief Privacy Officer
Email: kathleen.styles@ed.gov

Leadership Biographies

  • Angela Arrington, Deputy Chief Privacy Officer
    Acting Director, Records and Documents Management Division (RDMD)
  • Michael Hawes, Director, Student Privacy Policy and Assistance Division (SPPAD)
  • Dale King, Director, Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO)
  • Gregory Smith, Director, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Service Center


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