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Facebook snags White House economic adviser Levine as global policy head

Facebook said Thursday that it is expanding its global policy team and poached from the White House, hiring as its new vice president of global public policy, Marne Levine, chief of staff of the National Economic Council.

In her new role for the Silicon Valley social networking Goliath, Levine will oversee the company’s interaction with governments and non-governmental organizations around the globe as the company reaches 500 million users worldwide, Facebook said in an announcement Thursday.

She will be based in Washington, just as the firm builds its local policy and lobbying team to address growing interest by lawmakers and regulators on how the social networking giant is dealing with issues such as copyright, security of children online, and privacy.

Levine will also help the firm build its policy teams in Asia, the Americas and Europe, the company said.

“With over 70 percent of our users living outside the United States, her unique mix of government and Internet industry experience will be invaluable to help Facebook address some of the most interesting questions at the intersection of technology and public policy,” Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of global communications, marketing and public policy, said in a statement.

In Levine’s current role at the White House’s NEC, she helps coordinate the development of domestic and international economic policy for the president under director Lawrence Summers. She formerly served as chief of staff for Summers, when he was President of Harvard University. She began her career at the United States Department of Treasury, where she served in the Office of Legislative Affairs and Public Liaison.

"Tim Sparapani will continue to serve as Director of our DC Office and manage outreach to Congress and the federal government," the statement said. "Richard Allan will continue to manage our efforts in Europe as Director of Public Policy for the EU."

photo credit: Washington Life magazine

By Cecilia Kang  |  June 24, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
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