Our Leadership

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, CZI Co-Founders and Co-CEOs (Our Leadership).

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.

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, CZI Co-Founders and Co-CEOs (Our Leadership).
PRISCILLA CHAN AND MARK ZUCKERBERG

CO-FOUNDERS AND CO-CEOS

Priscilla Chan, CZI Co-Founder and Co-CEO.
Photograph by Jess Dugan
Photograph by Jess Dugan

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, CZI Co-Founder and Co-CEO.
Photograph by Mitch Tobias
Photograph by Mitch Tobias

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is co-founder and co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. As the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Meta, 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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Josue Estrada, Chief Operating Officer, CZI.
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Photograph by CZI

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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Cori Bargmann, Head of Science, CZI.
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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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Science Initiative
Phil Smoot, Vice President, Engineering and Head of Science Technology, CZI.
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Photograph by CZI

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, Head of Education & Vice President, Product, CZI.
Photograph by An Rong Xu
Photograph by An Rong Xu

Sandra Liu Huang

Sandra Liu Huang is Head of Education and Vice President, Product at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. 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. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University. She and her partner have three children.

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Education Initiative
Belinda Stubblefield, Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, CZI.
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Photo by Thomas Brice

Belinda Stubblefield

Belinda Stubblefield is the Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Belinda comes to CZI from Year Up, a national nonprofit focused on closing the opportunity divide for young adults, where she held senior leadership roles—most recently as Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships and previously as Chief Diversity Officer. She also led diversity initiatives at Nestlé and was Delta Air Lines’ first VP of Global Diversity.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
David Lee, Chief Investment Officer, CZI.
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Photograph by CZI

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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Erika Rottenberg, Vice President and General Counsel, CZI.
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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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David Plouffe, Strategist in Residence, CZI.
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Photograph by CZI

David Plouffe

For more than 25 years, David has developed strategies to bring people together around common causes. He has held senior positions in government and the private sector including his role as manager of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. David also served as White House Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chief Advisor at Uber Technologies, Inc. He is a veteran of congressional, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns and served as Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and as a senior staff member to Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a BA from the University of Delaware and is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Audacity to Win.

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