We have a moral responsibility to build a better world for all children in the next generation. We want you to grow up in a world better than ours today. ”

January 18, 2018 | Photograph by Mitch Tobias
Mark Zuckerberg

Priscilla Chan

Priscilla Chan is co-founder and co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. As a pediatrician and teacher, Priscilla’s work with patients and students in communities across the Bay Area has informed her desire to make learning more personalized, find new paths to manage and cure disease, and expand opportunity for more people. She is also the founder of The Primary School, which integrates health and education and serves children and families in East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood in Menlo Park, California. Priscilla earned her BA in Biology at Harvard University and her MD at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed her pediatrics training in the UCSF/PLUS Pediatrics Residency.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is co-founder co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. As the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark brings a commitment to empowering people and building communities, and deep technical experience to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s work. Mark studied computer science at Harvard University before moving to Palo Alto, California in 2004.

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Josué Estrada

As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Josué Estrada serves as chief strategic advisor to CZI’s co-founders and co-CEOs, and leads the organization’s central and operational teams. Josué brings a wealth of organizational experience to CZI -- having served in senior business leader roles at multiple Fortune 500 technology, logistics, and consumer companies over the course of his career. Prior to CZI, Josué served as the Chief Operating Officer for Salesforce.org, responsible for the overall strategy of the organization during a time of significant growth. Josué has also held executive roles at a variety of companies including Gap Inc., DHL, and Procter & Gamble. Josué holds an MBA in Marketing & Strategy from Manchester Business School. He is a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion and sits on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of San Francisco.

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Photograph by Andres Gonzalez

Cori Bargmann

Cori Bargmann, an internationally recognized neurobiologist and geneticist, leads the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Science work. Dr. Bargmann is also the head of the Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior and the Torsten N. Wiesel Professor at The Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Bargmann is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She received the 2012 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience and the 2013 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, among many other scientific honors. She also co-chaired the National Institutes of Health committee that set goals and strategies for President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN Initiative). Dr. Bargmann is a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Phil Smoot

Phil Smoot heads the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Engineering Team. Prior to CZI, Phil served as Vice President and Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft and led the company’s work on SharePoint, OneDrive, Hotmail, Messenger, Account, Photos and various cloud storage and management systems. Phil graduated with a BS in Physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and studied computer science in the Master's program at San Francisco State University.

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Science, Technology

Sandra Liu Huang

Sandra Liu Huang leads the Education Initiative, product and design at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, focused on ensuring every student gets an education that meets their needs and supports every aspect of their development. Sandra has overseen the Education technology team’s partnership with the Summit Learning Program (SLP), aimed at enhancing the quality of student-teacher interactions and empowering teachers to tailor instruction to meet the needs of each student. As CZI’s first VP of Product and Technology, she built out the Technology leadership team and established the vision for what mission-driven technology at a philanthropy could look like. Before joining CZI, she was the head of product at Quora, a platform for gaining and sharing knowledge, where she served as their first product manager and oversaw its growth to 100M monthly unique users. Sandra previously led product development in roles at Google and Facebook, where she managed complex, interdisciplinary teams building tools and products such as Google AdWords and Google AdSense. Sandra holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University in interdisciplinary programs bridging computer science, policy, and business.

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Mike Troncoso

Mike Troncoso is the Vice President and Head of the Justice & Opportunity initiative. He brings extensive policy, legal and public service experience to his role at CZI. Prior to joining the organization, he worked in senior roles in health care, technology and higher education administration at the University of California. Earlier in his career, he served as a senior attorney at the California Department of Justice, as a senior city prosecutor in San Francisco and as a corporate lawyer. Recognized for his civil rights advocacy, Mike was named California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year for his work to secure a record recovery for homeowners from the nation’s banks in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, as well as one of the “Top 20 Attorneys Under 40” in California. He is a proud member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association.

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Osi Imeokparia

Osi Imeokparia leads the technology team on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Justice & Opportunity initiative. Osi has spent the last 20 years as a product leader in startup, mid-size, and large organizations managing both enterprise and consumer products. Most recently, she was the Chief Product Officer for the Hillary for America presidential campaign. Prior to the campaign, Osi was a product leader at Google working on ad tech platforms like Google AdWords and Doubleclick. Osi began her career in product at a venture-backed consumer startup before moving on to product roles at eBay. A graduate of Stanford University, Osi earned both a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management with a minor in Computer Science and concentration in Supply Chain Management.

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Justice & Opportunity, Technology
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Dani Chehak

Dani Chehak leads CZI’s People team, overseeing all aspects of human resources including internal culture, organizational health, professional growth, and recruiting for the organization. Dani brings over 20 years of experience to CZI in building strong human resources infrastructure and recruiting top talent at fast-growing, multinational companies here in the Bay Area, most recently as Chief Human Resources Officer at Accela. Dani holds a BS in Management from Linfield College and sits on the Board of Directors for the San Jose Country Club.

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David Lee

As the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Chief Investment Officer, David Lee is responsible for managing CZI’s investment portfolio, which funds the organization’s efforts across Science, Education, and Justice & Opportunity. David came to CZI from the Princeton University Investment Company where he worked on asset allocation and the marketable asset categories, including domestic equity, international equity, and independent return. Prior to Princeton, David worked at ABN AMRO in London. He earned a first-class honors degree in Economics and Econometrics from the University of York (UK), holds an MS with Distinction specializing in Quantitative Finance from the University of Reading (UK), and received an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is a CFA Charterholder.

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Abby Lunardini

Abby Lunardini leads the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Brand and Communications team. Prior to joining CZI, Abby served as Vice President for Brand Marketing & Communications at Virgin America helping to grow the airline from a start-up to a successful public company and beloved consumer brand over the course of a decade. Abby also held a number of communications roles in academia and politics, including serving as Special Assistant for Executive Communications to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, leading advocacy communications for the 10-campus University of California system and starting her career as a staffer for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Abby holds a BA from the University of California and a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics.

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David Recordon

David Recordon is the Vice President of Infrastructure and Security where he supports a team that builds common engineering solutions and invests in information security across CZI’s education, justice & opportunity, and science initiatives. Prior to joining Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, David led software and hardware engineering teams at Facebook and oversaw efforts to bring internet access to the un(der)-connected parts of the world. He also built globally distributed software engineering teams at Facebook responsible for company-wide internal productivity tools that enabled staff to communicate, share and find information efficiently. In 2014, David joined the U.S. Digital Service and was appointed as the First Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Information Technology where he was responsible for all of the technology used by the White House to support the American people.

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Erika Rottenberg

Erika Rottenberg is the General Counsel for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Erika started her legal career with the Silicon Valley law firm Cooley Godward, and was general counsel at a number of technology companies, including LinkedIn, where she served as its first full-time and long-term General Counsel, responsible for global legal, privacy, policy and regulatory affairs. Erika has a lifelong commitment to social good and philanthropy, and currently serves on the boards of Girl Scouts USA and the Silicon Valley Law Foundation. She also serves on the boards of both Nasdaq-listed Wix.com and NYSE-listed Twilio. She earned her law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and her undergraduate degree in special and elementary education at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Prior to law school, she was a school teacher in Anchorage, Alaska.

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