Kent Wada


Kent Wada is chief privacy officer and director, policy and governance for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Designated as the campus’s first chief privacy officer, Kent addresses foundational privacy and data issues that have broad impact on the campus community, the academy, and the University mission through the UCLA Board on Privacy and Data Protection. His office collaborates closely with other campus offices, including those with compliance authority for the protection of personal information and counterparts in the Health Sciences, to have UCLA be a good steward of data.

In his role as director, policy and governance for the campus, Kent has operational responsibility for campus IT governance and oversight of the IT policy portfolio. He works broadly with the campus, UC system, and subject matter experts to help shape the institutional agenda for technology policy issues of strategic concern.

Kent’s personal interest continues to be in the application of emergent technologies to people’s lives in a manner respectful of civil liberties in the digital realm, enabling individuals to participate fully as digital citizens. Kent often speaks on current topics related to his work.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • The Higher Education CPO Primer, Part 1: A Welcome Kit for Chief Privacy Officers in Higher Education
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    The Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers Working Group has created this resource to serve as a welcome kit for CPOs in higher education. The CPO Primer (part one) is intended to provide an overview and introductory body of knowledge to help new CPOs (or those new to higher education) better understand their job and the challenges unique to colleges and universities. The main audience for this document is a CPO or person with primary institutional responsibility for privacy.

  • Big Data in the Campus Landscape
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    This series is a publication of the ECAR Campus Cyberinfrastructure (ECAR-CCI) Working Group. The topic of big data continues to receive a great deal of publicity because of its promise for opening new avenues of scholarly discovery and commercial opportunity.

EDUCAUSE Presentations



EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Policy Advisory Committee
    • Member: 2015 - 2018
  • Data Privacy Month Task Force
    • Member: 2013 - 2014
  • Campus Policy Advisory Group
    • Chair: 2011 - 2012
    • Member: 2011 - 2012
  • Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers
    • Member: 2011 - Present
  • Network Policy Council
    • Member: 2007 - 2011
  • ResearchWare WG
    • Member: 2005
  • HEISC Policies and Legal Issues Working Group
    • Member: 2004 - 2007
  • Systems Security Taskforce Education & Awareness
    • Member: 2001 - 2002
  • Systems Security Taskforce Campus Policies
    • Member: 2001 - 2002