Joel Kaplan joins as VP of US public policy on June 13 and will lead the company's Washington office. He will oversee public policy strategy and interactions with policy makers at the state and federal level, and make efforts to build support for the company's products, plans, and policies among key audiences. He will report to Marne Levine, who is also a VP and leads global public policy.
Kaplan is currently EVP at Energy Future Holdings, where he oversees external affairs and public policy. Kaplan's prior positions include policy adviser for the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign and deputy chief of staff during the Bush administration.
Myriah Jordan will also join Facebook's policy team as policy manager. She begins on June 6, and will work primarily on congressional relations. Most recently, Jordan worked as general counsel to Sen. Richard Burr, and also worked on policy issues during the Bush administration.
Noyes confirmed that Cathie Martin, who currently manages congressional relations, will be taking a leave of absence for personal reasons in early June. Jordan and Tim Sparapani, who manages state and executive branch policy for the company, will handle congressional relations.
Both Kaplan and Jordan are joining Facebook in newly created positions the company developed in an effort to bolster staff on the policy side in accordance with Facebook's general growth in recent years, Noyes said.
“It's imperative that we scale our policy team so that we have the resources in place to demonstrate to policymakers that we are industry leaders in privacy, data security, and safety,” he added.
The company's Washington presence included just one Washington-based employee in 2007. By mid-June, when Kaplan and Jordan are both officially on board, Facebook's Washington office will consist of 12 employees, four of which are registered lobbyists, according to Noyes.
The company is expanding its policy team internationally as well, and currently has a number of public policy and communications positions open around the globe.