Silicon Valley executive Molly Graham has been hired as VP of operations at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, rounding out another key leadership role at the huge philanthropic fund created by Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.
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In the job, Graham will work on strategic plans and operations to help other execs hired to lead program in education, science, policy and engineering. The effort was funded in late 2015, after Zuckerberg and Chan transferred almost all of their stock In Facebook to the CZI, giving the organization $45 billion to work with.
CZI began announcing initiatives recently, from a small one aimed at solving the Bay area housing crisis and another $3 billion effort to “combat all diseases.”
Graham’s most recent job was as COO of Quip, the productivity software startup that was bought by Salesforce last summer for $750 million. Before that she worked at Facebook for almost five years in a number of roles. She has also worked at Google, the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a wilderness instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Graham rounds out an executive team at CZI that includes: Cori Bargmann, neurobiologist and geneticist, who is president of science; Jim Shelton, former deputy secretary of Education, who is president of education; David Plouffe, who ran Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and was an exec at Uber, who is president of policy and advocacy; and former Amazon exec Brian Pinkerton, who is CTO.
—By Kara Swisher, Recode.net.
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