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

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

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] where he managed communications and public affairs issues around Google's acquisition of YouTube in 2006 as well as DoubleClick in 2007.[9] Upon joining Google, Schrage inherited the company's controversy regarding censoring search results in China.[10] 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.[11]


On May 12, 2010, The New York Times published a Q&A with Schrage, where he answered readers' questions.[12] The interview was panned and negatively rated in the press, with Schrage attracting criticism for his poor handling of Facebook's privacy policies.[13] 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.[14]

On June 14, 2018, he announced his intention to resign from his position at Facebook.[15] Schrage was succeeded by former British Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg.[16]

Human rights advocacy

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.[17] Later, the course was also offered at Columbia Law School and the School of International Public Affairs.[17] Schrage advised various international corporations and trade associations, assisting them in developing corporate "codes of conduct" on human rights. Alongside the development of mechanisms to monitor human rights compliance, he assisted these bodies in evaluating the efficacy of their monitoring programs.[7] 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] In 1996, Schrage helped organize a partnership between three organizations; UNICEF, the ILO and Save the Children. The purpose of the partnership was to end child labor in soccer ball production in Pakistan. At that time Pakistan was the source for three of every four balls produced each year. A further project was announced to address the same problems regarding labor and production in India.[18] From 2000-1, Schrage served as Senior Vice President of Global Affairs for Gap Inc.[19] Schrage’s position required him to manage the social responsibility initiatives of the company. As part of this role he oversaw engagement programs for company stakeholders, which included various social investors, NGOs and government officials. Furthermore, he was tasked with auditing the working conditions for factory workers who manufactured goods for the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic brands, through the set up and direction of a new body for Gap, entitled Gap’s Global Compliance Organization.[7] He led study groups on Judging Corporate Liability in the Global Economy,[20] Leveraging the Power of the Privat Sector in the Middle East and North Africa[21] and Beyond the Letter of the Law: The Global Impact of Compliance as a Foreign Policy Tool.[22] His work on the application of the Alien Tort Statute was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its analyses of potential liability for multinational corporations for complicity in human rights abuses in the countries where they do business.[23] He also advised the American Apparel Manufacturers Association in developing the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP) Certification Program, a global program to certify apparel factories that comply with human rights standards.[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 and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[24] 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 (now Medicare Rights Center).[18] He was twice appointed by President Obama to serve as Trustee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.[25]

Personal life

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

Selected publications


  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 f g h 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. ^ "The Search Party". newyorker.com. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  10. ^ "Google ranks censorship as a trade issue". The Independent. 2006-02-16. Archived from the original on March 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ "Facebook executive answers readers' questions", The New York Times, May 12, 2010
  13. ^ "Why BP = Facebook", The Huffington Post, May 13, 2010
  14. ^ Facebook's outgoing communications head reportedly takes the blame for hiring controversial PR firm CNBC, 20181121
  15. ^ Roettgers, Janko (2018-06-14). "Facebook Communications Head Elliot Schrage Is Leaving". Variety. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  16. ^ Sweney, Mark (2018-10-19). "Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  17. ^ a b "Introduction: Teaching Business and Human Rights". Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum. 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  18. ^ a b "Child Labor & Exploitation". Retrieved 2021-09-13.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "Elliot Schrage | SIEPR". siepr.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "Judging Corporate Accountability in the Global Economy" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-10-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "Council of Foreign Relations - Annual Report 2005" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-10-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ "Council on Foreign Relations - Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-10-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ "Supreme Court of the United States" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-10-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ "Board of Directors". San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. Retrieved 2021-10-06.
  25. ^ "President Obama Announces Appointments to United States Holocaust Memorial Council — United States Holocaust Memorial Museum". www.ushmm.org. Retrieved 2021-10-06.