Google Appoints Executive Director for Its Philanthropic Arm

Link to press release here.

Google today announced the appointment of Dr. Larry Brilliant as Executive Director of, which administers Google’s philanthropic activities. In this role he will work with the company’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to define the mission and strategic goals of Google’s philanthropy. Dr. Brilliant is a founder and director of The Seva Foundation, a Policy Advisory Council Member at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Kleiner-Perkin’s Pandemic and Bio-Defense Fund.

The Wall Street Journal says:

Google said Dr. Brilliant’s accomplishments in public health and technology were key to his selection. “There were a lot of people out there with passion to change the world, but there aren’t a lot of people out there with the proven ability to change the world,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Google’s vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations. Google declined to disclose the compensation it will pay Dr. Brilliant in his new role.

Everyone is pretty excited to see the good things that can come out of!

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