Q&A with the head of Google.org: Taking big bets on bold ideas

Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google.org. Photo by: Lucio Virzi / CC BY-NC-ND

“Hey geniuses — instead of just inventing the next pizza delivery app, let’s go finally eradicate polio,” says Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google.org.

Speaking the languages of both Silicon Valley and global development, the head of the philanthropic arm of Google is in a unique position to bring the best of both to philanthropy.

“Let’s join forces and do these big things together,” she says, explaining how global development professionals can engage technology companies and venture capital firms in problems as complex as the Sustainable Development Goals.

This week, Google.org announced a $50 million commitment to support nonprofits working at the intersection of education and technology.

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    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.