Chief Privacy Officer, City of New York
Prior to his appointment as the City’s CPO, Michael served as Executive Agency Counsel and Agency Privacy Officer (APO) at the New York City Police Department (NYPD). As NYPD APO, Michael was responsible for leading the NYPD privacy program for its over 50,000 employees, serving as the NYPD privacy law specialist, and providing strategic advice across all functions of the agency on privacy issues and risk mitigation. Michael also served on the Executive Security Committee of the NYPD and advised on legal procedures and requirements relating to computer security incidents. Michael represented the NYPD on the NYC Privacy Protection Committee and was appointed in 2021 to serve on the Executive Privacy Committee of the Counsel to the Mayor. Before serving as NYPD APO, Michael was an embedded Agency Attorney within the NYPD Intelligence Bureau where he advised on complex criminal and counterterrorism investigations, as well as compliance with the Handschu consent decree governing NYPD investigations involving political activity.
In November 2021, Michael was appointed by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. In this capacity, Michael provides advice requested by the Secretary and DHS Chief Privacy Officer relating to personally identifiable information, data integrity, and other privacy issues associated with the DHS mission.
Michael holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, a M.S. from New York University in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy, and a B.S. from Manhattan College in Business Administration. Michael also holds Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).