Facebook Hires White House Staffer for Global Policy Position

Facebook’s rapid growth and regular product changes — especially around privacy — have brought new attention from politicians and regulators in the US and around the world. So the company, which as been gradually filling out a team of public service veterans over the years, has good reason for its latest hire today.

Marne Levine is leaving a White House staffing position to be the company’s new vice president of global public policy. Based out of Facebook’s public policy offices in Washington, DC, she’ll “oversee and coordinate our interactions with governments and non-governmental organizations working on key policy issues around the globe” and “help scale efforts to build out our policy teams in Asia, the Americas and Europe.”

Timothy Sparapani, Facebook’s public policy director in DC, will continue to focus on Congress and the US federal government; Richard Allan will continue in his director role working with European Union. Both will report to her, and in turn she will report to Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of communications, marketing and public policy. (See Facebook’s current executive team lineup, here).

She leaves her position as the chief of staff at the White House National Economic Council, where she had worked under long-time mentor and current council director Larry Summers. She previously was his chief of staff when he was the president of Harvard University; like Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, she also worked in the US Department of Treasury. Immediately prior to joining the White House, Levine the director of product management for Revolution Money, and director of business development and strategy at Cibernet Corporation.

Beyond congressional attention on Facebook’s recent privacy changes, the company faces a number of legally-undecided policy questions, including how it (as opposed to government agencies) might be responsible for third party applications on its platform. For more on app policing and other public policy issues, check out this timely interview with Sparapani:

Five Q’s with Timothy Sparapani, Facebook from Rob Haralson on Vimeo.

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