Joel Kaplan

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Joel Kaplan
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White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
In office
April 19, 2006 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byKarl Rove
Succeeded byMona Sutphen
Personal details
Born1969 (age 49–50)
Weston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (Before late 1990s)
Republican (late 1990s–present)
Laura Lyn Cox (m. 2006)
EducationHarvard University (BA, JD)

Joel David Kaplan (born 1969) is Facebook's vice president of global public policy.[1] Formerly, he served as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for U.S. President George W. Bush.[2]


Education and early career[edit]

Kaplan was born to a Jewish family[3] and received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1991, after which he served as an Artillery Officer in the United States Marine Corps for four years. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1998. Afterwards, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Michael Luttig.[2]

In government[edit]

After registering as a Republican in the late 1990s,[4] Kaplan worked as a policy advisor on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign. He was an active conservative Democrat during the early 1990s.[5]

From 2001 to 2003 he was special assistant to the president for policy within the White House Chief of Staff’s office. Then he served as deputy director of the Office of Management And Budget (OMB), serving under Josh Bolten, who was OMB Director at the time.

In April 2006 he moved back to the White House as the deputy chief of staff for policy, taking over policy planning from Karl Rove as part of a staff shake-up by White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten. Blake Gottesman was the other Deputy Chief of Staff and focused on operations.[6] He was responsible for the development and implementation of the Administration’s policy agenda.

Private sector[edit]

Prior to joining Facebook, Kaplan was the executive vice president for public policy and external affairs for Energy Future Holdings (EFH), where he oversaw company-wide public affairs and led EFH’s efforts to "publicly demonstrate and communicate its role in the energy industry".[7]

In May 2011 Facebook hired Kaplan as its vice president of U.S. public policy, as part of a Facebook's effort to "strengthen" the company's ties to Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.[8] In October 2014, Kaplan succeeded Marne Levine as Facebook's vice president of global public policy.[9]

Personal life[edit]

On April 8, 2006, Kaplan married Laura Cox Kaplan (formerly Laura Lyn Cox) in Washington, D.C.[10]


  1. ^ Tony Romm (May 26, 2011). "Facebook picks up former Bush aides". Politico.
  2. ^ a b "White House biography". The White House. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2006. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Guttman, Nathan (April 25, 2016). "Top White House Posts Go To Jews". Jerusalem Post.
  4. ^ "Limelight Finds New White House Deputy", New York Times, 25 April 2006
  5. ^ John G. Knepper (February 5, 1990). "Seven Elected State Delegates". Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Baker, Peter (June 17, 2006). "White House Personnel Changes Complete". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ "Joel Kaplan, Vice President, Global Public Policy" (PDF). Purdue University. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  8. ^ Hudson, John (26 May 2011). "Get to Know Facebook's Lobbyist Dream Team". The Atlantic. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  9. ^ Tsukayama, Hayley (6 October 2014). "Facebook taps D.C. office head to manage global policy". Washington Post. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Cox, Kaplan exchange vows". Brownwood (TX) Bulletin. GateHouse Media LLC. July 2, 2006. Retrieved February 21, 2018.

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