Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced that David Plouffe will join the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He will be leading the policy and advocacy effort. Whereas Ken Mehlman will lead the policy advisory board.
David Plouffe has been the manager of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He also has great experience building movements as part of companies like Uber.
David Plouffe Joins Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Lead the Policy and Advocacy Effort
Like David, Ken also has a long history in both the public and private domains. He ran the Republican National Committee, was campaign manager for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, and today is a member at KKR where he collaborates with companies all over the world.
Ken Mehlman will Lead the Policy Advisory Board
David and Ken have run campaigns for different parties but have also come together to work on problems like marriage equality.
Zuckerberg while talking about the Initiative added that,
“Our approach at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is to bring engineering to social change. We build tools to bring personalized learning into more schools and help scientists cure all diseases in our children’s lifetime. Part of creating sustainable social change is also helping to build movements around these issues — to fight for more science funding and better education for all children.”
Advocacy has always been the important part of the approach. Zuckerberg said that they had already explained about its importance. At the launch of this initiative last year he said that the government should spend 50x more on treating people than finding cures.
Chan Zuckerberg: An Initiative to Bring Engineering to Social Change
Priscilla and Zuckerberg met many policy and issue experts across the political spectrum last year. They are grateful that some of the professionals will be joining their policy advisory board.
After David and Ken join the board they will select more members for the policy advisory board during the next few months. They’ll work together to find chances to work with governments, partners and people everywhere to advance human potential and promote equal opportunity.