Zaid Zaid (F'97)

Zaid A. Zaid is on the Public Policy Strategic Response team at Facebook where he deals with high-profile incidents that affect the business and reputational risk of the platform. He has over 15 years of experience in tech, policy, law, diplomacy, foreign affairs, national security, and international development.

He was recently named a “Black American National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader” by New America and the Diversity in National Security Network, one of “Twenty-Five LGBTI Next Generation Leaders to Watch” by the Atlantic Council, and was featured in the CSIS Diversity and Leadership Talent Initiative.

Zaid served in the Obama White House as Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel; before that, he was senior attorney-advisor to the general counsel at USAID.

Zaid is a graduate of Columbia Law School. Prior to earning his law degree, he was a political officer in the foreign service. He served at the United Nations in Baghdad, Cairo, and Tunis. Zaid also received his MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BSFS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he was a Pickering Fellow. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman National Security Project fellow, and an ICAP alum. Zaid also serves on the Board of Directors of iMMAP and the Board of Governors for the Georgetown University Alumni Association.

He lives in Washington, DC with his husband Giles Herman and their three sons.

Zaid, will be featured on the Global Threats and Opportunities to the United States panel with Anthony "Tony" Johnson (MA'18) and Brionne Dawson (F'02)