David Plouffe joins Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

David Plouffe joins Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
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Uber executive and former Obama aide David Plouffe has joined Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan's philanthropic group.

Plouffe, who managed President Obama’s 2008 campaign, announced Tuesday that he would lead policy and advocacy work for the nonprofit Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

“My job will be to find creative ways to lift the voices of those who want to build a better future – no matter where they live, their background or their ideology,” Plouffe wrote in a Facebook post announcing the move.

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Plouffe had most recently been serving as a chief adviser at Uber. He said Tuesday he will remain on the board for the ridesharing company.

Zuckerberg and Chan are also forming a public policy advisory board composed of former government officials and experts, a move to beef up the couple’s Washington presence and expand their philanthropic impact.

Kenneth Mehlman, who managed President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign, will lead the board.

“Curing disease, improving education through personalized learning and building technology and tools to help organizations reach their full potential are areas with wide spread support and massive potential for mobilization, great storytelling and smart policy engagement," Plouffe said.

Zuckerberg has also made major policy pushes on immigration on his earlier advocacy group, Fwd.us, an organization that he still supports. The group’s efforts largely stalled in 2014 after Obama shelved plans for an immigration overhaul, according to The New York Times.