Eli Sugarman is a Fellow within Schmidt Futures Talent Ventures focusing on the future of online trust and safety, platform governance, and Internet policy, more generally. He concurrently serves as Interim Director of the Hewlett Foundation Cyber Initiative (described below in more detail).
Previously, he was Vice President of Content (Moderation) and the Meta/Facebook Oversight Board. There, he led the trust and safety teams of an experimental online safety and speech regulator that guides Facebook and Instagram on their most challenging content decisions globally.
Before that, Eli was Director of the Cyber Initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. There, he led a ten-year, $130 million grant-making effort to build a more robust and inclusive cyber policy field.
Earlier in his career, he was a consultant and strategist to private sector and nonprofit leaders. From 2009 to 2014, Eli was senior director at an emerging markets advisory firm based in Washington, D.C., where he provided strategic counsel on international policy, regulatory, and business matters to clients globally. He has served as a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State, where he focused on international security issues.
Eli also serves on the boards of the Institute for Security and Technology and the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the CyberPeace Institute and the Independent Advisory Committee of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. A San Diego native and graduate of Middlebury College, he holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School