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

By Catherine Cheney 23 March 2017

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 covers the West Coast global development community for Devex. Since graduating from Yale University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science, Catherine has worked as a reporter and editor for a range of publications including World Politics Review, POLITICO, and NationSwell, a media company and membership network she helped to build. She is also an ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network and the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute.


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