Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, are stocking up on public policy expertise and political chops with the hire of David Plouffe to lead public policy for the limited liability company that handles their philanthropic efforts.
Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, is leaving Uber, where he is an adviser, to join the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as president of policy and advocacy, the philanthropic organization said. Plouffe will remain on Uber’s board, according to an Uber spokesman.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is also forming a public policy board that will be headed by Kenneth Mehlman, the head of global public affairs at private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts who managed President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. The news was first reported by the New York Times.
The new public policy recruits match the ambitious goals and huge pockets of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The technology power couple, who said they would give 99% of their Facebook shares worth more than $45 billion to various causes have spoken about their desire to transform education and embarked on an effort to cure disease.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jessica Guynn