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J. Scott Carpenter

Board Member

J. Scott Carpenter is the director of free expression at Google Ideas where he drives implementation of the team’s overall strategy to make online repressive censorship irrelevant.  Prior to joining Google, Carpenter founded and directed Project Fikra as the Keston family fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he remains an adjunct scholar.  Previously, Carpenter served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Near East Affairs where he helped conceive of and launch the Middle East Partnership Initiative before being named coordinator for the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative.  His other roles in government include director of governance for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Human Rights, Labor and Democracy. 

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