About Us

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015 to leverage technology, community-driven solutions and collaboration to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges. Our mission is to build a more inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone.

Our Leadership
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August 15, 2018 | Priscilla Chan, CZI Co-founder and Co-CEO, on the first day of school at The Primary School, which she founded in East Palo Alto.
August 15, 2018 | Priscilla Chan, CZI Co-founder and Co-CEO, on the first day of school at The Primary School, which she founded in East Palo Alto.
August 15, 2018 | Priscilla Chan, CZI Co-founder and Co-CEO, on the first day of school at The Primary School, which she founded in East Palo Alto.

Luck is not a national strategy. We need to build strategies that take luck out of the equation for every person.

PRISCILLA CHAN

CO-FOUNDER AND CO-CEO

Our Core Initiatives

Across three core initiatives—Education, Justice & Opportunity, and Science—we pair engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and advocacy to help accelerate the pace of social progress.

Education

We want to ensure that every student—not just a lucky few—can get an education that’s tailored to their individual needs and supports every aspect of their development. And we want every teacher to be equipped with the tools and research they need to help get them there.

Justice & Opportunity

We're working to build a future that is more just, inclusive, and full of opportunity for everyone. We focus on three core issue areas—criminal justice reform, housing affordability, and immigration reform—and partner with frontline organizations leading the fight for change.

Science

We support the science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the 21st century. We foster collaboration between scientists and engineers, develop new technologies, and build support for basic scientific research.

Our Approach

We work at the intersection of philanthropy, technology, and advocacy, using the following tactics to achieve progress across initiatives.

Grants & Ventures
Through grantmaking and our venture portfolio, we invest in bold ideas that have the potential to accelerate social change. Since our launch in 2015, CZI has awarded approximately $2 billion in grants and invested more than $150 million in ventures whose work aligns with our values.
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Technology
We are a new kind of philanthropic organization focused on engineering change at scale. Our engineering team partners with issue experts across our Education, Science, and Justice & Opportunity initiatives to help bring technology to the table in new ways that drive solutions.
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Advocacy & Movement Capacity Building
We believe that lasting change is possible only with the support of community movements and meaningful policy change. Whether shaping policies, ballot measures, or legislative reform, our teams work hand-in-hand with those on the front lines of change‑making.
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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Engineering solutions to the scale of the issues we’re tackling requires fresh perspectives and diverse experiences. Our team’s strength is defined by our ability to bring a wide range of voices to the table—including those from historically marginalized groups. We are committed to maintaining a workplace where everyone is—and feels—welcomed, respected, supported, and valued.

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