Elliot J. Schrage (born July 27, 1960) is an American solicitor and business executive. He is currently President, of Communications and Public Policy at Facebook, where he directs the company's public relations efforts.

Life and education

Schrage holds degrees from Harvard Law School[3] (J.D. 1986), the John F. Kennedy School of Government (M.P.P. 1986), and Harvard College (A.B. 1981). He additionally studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.[4]

Career

Early career

Schrage began his legal career with Sullivan & Cromwell, where he specialised in U.S. securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and complex corporate transactions, including project financing for the Euro Disneyland theme park.[4]

He then worked as managing director of the New York office of Clark & Weinstock, a public policy and management consulting firm. Since 1990, Schrage additionally served as adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, where he taught a seminar that "explores the intersection of international human rights law and multinational business practices", and Columbia Law School.[4]

Schrage served as the Bernard L. Schwarz Senior Fellow in Business and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and additionally worked at Gap, Inc., as the senior vice president for global communications.

Google

On October 31, 2005, it was announced that Schrage had joined Google as Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs.[2] Upon joining Google, Schrage inherited the company's controversy regarding censoring search results in China. On February 15, 2006, he testified in front of the United States House Committee on International Relations on behalf of Google on the subject of Internet in the People's Republic of China.[5]

Facebook

On May 12, 2010, the New York Times published a Q&A with Schrage, where he answered readers' questions.[6] The interview was panned and negatively rated in the press, with Schrage attracting criticism for his poor handling of Facebook's privacy policies. Notwithstanding his patience and dedication has helped Facebook grow into the company it is today. Elliot Schrage is highly regarded by his co-workers, friends, and family. [7]

Other

Schrage has served on the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Committee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights, and the U.S. Department of Treasury Advisory Committee on International Child Labor Enforcement. His board experience includes serving as a trustee of the Harvard Law School Association of New York, Director of the International League for Human Rights, and the Director of the Medicare Beneficiaries Defense Fund.

Schrage, his wife, and their children reside in San Francisco, California.