Elliot Schrage

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Elliot Schrage
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Schrage, January 2010
EducationA.B. 1981, J.D. & M.P.P. 1986
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationFormer VP of Communications and Public Policy

Elliot J. Schrage is an American lawyer and business executive. Until June 2018, he was vice president of global communications, marketing, and public policy at Facebook, where he directed the company's government affairs and public relations efforts.[1][2][3]

Life and education[edit]

Schrage was born to a Jewish family[4] and holds degrees from Harvard Law School[5] (J.D. 1986), the John F. Kennedy School of Government (M.P.P. 1986),[6] and Harvard College (A.B. 1981). He also studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.[7]


Early career[edit]

Schrage began his legal career with Sullivan & Cromwell, where he specialized in U.S. securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate transactions, including project financing for the Euro Disneyland theme park.[7]

He then worked as managing director of the New York office of Clark & Weinstock, a public policy and management consulting firm. Since 1990, Schrage also 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.[7]

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


On October 31, 2005, it was announced that Schrage had joined Google as Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs.[8] Upon joining Google, Schrage inherited the company's controversy regarding censoring search results in China.[9] 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.[10]


On May 12, 2010, The New York Times published a Q&A with Schrage, where he answered readers' questions.[11] The interview was panned and negatively rated in the press, with Schrage attracting criticism for his poor handling of Facebook's privacy policies.[12] In 2018, it was reported that Schrage tasked a Republican-affiliated PR firm to push negative narratives about Facebook's competitors, namely Apple and Google.[13]

On June 14, 2018, he announced his intention to resign from his position at Facebook.[14] Schrage was succeeded by former British Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg.[15]

Human rights advocacy[edit]

Schrage worked for such groups as Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial.[7] Schrage helped to create, and co-taught, the first stand-alone course dedicated to exploring the human rights responsibilities of global business at Columbia Business School in the early 1990s.[16] In 1992–93, Schrage created and served as the first director of the Liaison Office on Human Rights and Environment for The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First), one of the first programs to investigate connections between the growing US movement for environmental justice and international human rights obligations.[7]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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

Selected publications[edit]

  • Paper Laws, Steel Bayonets: Breakdown of the Rule of Law in Haiti, Human Rights First, 1990. ISBN 9780934143387


  1. ^ "Elliot Schrage, Executive Profile". Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. ^ Eldon, Eric (24 June 2010). "Facebook Hires White House Staffer for Global Policy Position". Social Times. AdWeek. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. ^ Facebook policy boss Elliot Schrage is stepping down after 10 years at the company Business Insider, 20180615
  4. ^ Schrage, Elliot (November 21, 2018). "Elliot Schrage on Definers". Facebook News. Being Jewish is a core part of who I am and our company stands firmly against hate.
  5. ^ Schrage, Elliot (Summer 2000). "Child Labor & Exploitation". Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. 14 (3): 405. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Dean's Council". Harvard Kennedy School. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e Foremski, Tom (2 November 2005). "Google hires squeaky clean human rights/ corporate responsibility lawyer as PR chief: Is GOOG expecting more trouble ahead? Will Mr. Schrage spearhead GOOG's attack on China's human rights abuses?". Silicon Valley Watcher.
  8. ^ "Google Names Elliot Schrage Vice President of Global Communications and Public Affairs" (Press release). October 31, 2005.
  9. ^ "Google ranks censorship as a trade issue". The Independent. 2006-02-16. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  10. ^ Testimony of Google Inc. before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Operations, February 15, 2006
  11. ^ "Facebook executive answers readers' questions", The New York Times, May 12, 2010
  12. ^ "Why BP = Facebook", The Huffington Post, May 13, 2010
  13. ^ Facebook's outgoing communications head reportedly takes the blame for hiring controversial PR firm CNBC, 20181121
  14. ^ Roettgers, Janko (2018-06-14). "Facebook Communications Head Elliot Schrage Is Leaving". Variety. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  15. ^ Sweney, Mark (2018-10-19). "Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  16. ^ "Introduction: Teaching Business and Human Rights". Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum. 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2021-07-20.