A Conversation with Joel Kaplan, Facebook VP of US Public Policy

Wednesday, February 19


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Whether you are looking for in a career in social media or in policy, or if you’re interested in the relationship between policy and privacy, you won’t want to miss the visit of Joel Kaplan, Facebook VP of US Public Policy, on February 19th. Open to AGS students are two special opportunities to meet with him in a small group setting. See the details below.

AGS Student Events:
Meeting with Students, 3:00-4:00pm (Sign up HERE)
Dinner, 7:30pm (Sign up HERE)

Joel Kaplan, Facebook Vice President of US Public Policy, will discuss with Duke Program in American Grand Strategy director Peter Feaver the challenges and complexity of engaging in public policy-making as a corporation.  His experience prior to working at Facebook includes time in the White House (2006-2009) and serving as Executive Vice President  for Public Policy and External Affairs for Energy Future Holdings Corp.


Joel Kaplan is Vice President, US Public Policy at Facebook. In this role, he oversees the company’s relationships with policymakers at the federal and state levels as well as government agencies and NGO’s. In addition, he manages Facebook’s public policy development and helps to develop understanding of and support for Facebook, its products and its positions on public policy matters.

Prior to joining Facebook, Kaplan was the Executive Vice President for Public Policy and External Affairs for Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH). In that position, Kaplan oversaw enterprise-wide public affairs and led EFH’s efforts to publicly demonstrate and communicate its role in the energy industry.

Kaplan joined EFH from the White House, where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy under President George W. Bush from 2006-2009. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the Administration’s policy agenda. He framed strategic decisions on a full range of policy matters and integrated the execution of legislative, communications, and external outreach and policy strategies on behalf of the President and Chief of Staff.

From 2003-2006, he served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. From 2001-2003 he was Special Assistant to the President for Policy within the White House Chief of Staff’s office.

He began his professional career as a law clerk for Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig and then for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Kaplan was an Artillery Officer in the United States Marine Corps for four years. He holds a B.A. in government from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School. Joel and his family currently live in Chevy Chase, MD.

Hosted by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy with support from the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Alexander Hamilton Society.

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