2023 News Releases

Joint Venture board adds Brent C. Harris, Meta

November 21, 2023 – The Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors elected Brent C. Harris to its body at their quarterly meeting November 17. Harris is Vice President of Augmented Reality at Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly Facebook).

As vice president of the augmented reality family at Meta Platforms, Harris is focused on how to build the next mobile computing platform for people and businesses across the globe. Previously, Harris was the vice president of governance at Meta where he initiated new ways to govern artificial intelligence and the Metaverse. He led the company’s work to build the Oversight Board for Facebook and Instagram.

Named an “expert in international regulation” by Wired, Harris has years of experience at the intersection of technology and society. Previously, he was a senior partner at Redstone, where he advised boards and executives on energy and technology policy. He served as counsel for the Presidential Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He started his career as a fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Harris holds bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from Stanford University, where he edited the Stanford Law Review. His writing has appeared in op-eds for the New York Times.

“I am enthusiastic about taking on this role at Joint Venture to contribute towards tackling crucial economic and societal challenges in Silicon Valley and to help grow the organization," said Harris.

Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture, welcomed Harris by saying, "We are thrilled to welcome Harris to our board, where his exceptional expertise will bring invaluable insights. His presence is a significant asset, and we look forward to the positive impact he will have on our board and the organization as a whole."

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