Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg

By Wayne Lutton
Published in The Social Contract
Volume 24, Number 4 (Summer 2014)
Issue theme: "Billionaires for Open Borders"

It should come as no surprise that Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Kara Sandberg (born August 28, 1969), is a leading proponent for increasing immigration. Educated at Harvard, she served as chief of staff to Bill Clinton’s Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. She then went on to become Vice President of Global Online Sales & Operations at Google, Inc. In March 2008, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that she was leaving Google to become COO at his company.

Sandberg has taken an active role in the campaign to grant amnesty to illegal and make it easier for foreign-born workers to come to the U.S. In 2011, she told the U.S. Business Editor of the London Daily Telegraph that “America must radically reform its immigration policies” and handout more visas to foreign high-tech workers as well as “staple a visa to every high-tech diploma” of foreign students in the U.S., sentiments she has repeated in various mass media interviews, such as with FOX television on April 27, 2014. Along with Zuckerberg, she personally supported Eric Cantor’s Congressional re-election campaign.

According to news reports, Sandberg holds approximately $1.5 billion on stock holdings in Facebook and other companies. She has been named in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

—Wayne Lutton

About the author

Wayne Lutton, Ph.D., is editor of The Social Contract.

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