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. ”

Mark Zuckerberg
Aug. 31st, 2018 | Photograph by Jess Dugan

Priscilla Chan

Priscilla Chan is co-founder 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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January 18, 2018 | Photograph by Mitch Tobias

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is co-founder 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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November 5, 2018 | 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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November 12, 2018 | Photograph by Dale Ramos

David Plouffe

David Plouffe leads the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Policy and Advocacy team. 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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Justice & Opportunity Initiative
September 21, 2018 | Photograph by An Rong Xu

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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Technology at CZI
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September 21, 2018 | Photograph by An Rong Xu

Jonathan Goldman

Jonathan Goldman leads the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Data efforts. He started his career as a data scientist at LinkedIn, where he led the product analytics team, oversaw development of core data-driven products, and created key tools, including the “People You Know” feature. He later led the analytics and applications effort at Aster Data (acquired by Teradata in 2011), and co-founded Level Up Analytics, a data science and engineering consulting firm acquired by Intuit in 2013. At Intuit, Jonathan led the central data science team, with a particular focus on anti-fraud efforts. He has long been passionate about improving educational outcomes and was a founding board member of the Khan Academy. He recently helped launch Change Research, a new polling company focused on enabling more down-ballot candidates gain access to polling. He holds a BS in physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University.

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September 21, 2018 | Photograph by An Rong Xu

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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Technology at CZI
February 19, 2019 | Photograph by An Rong Xu

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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