(Epoch Times) Facebook has hired Roy Austin, an Obama administration veteran and a member of President Joe Biden’s transition team, as the social media company’s vice president of civil rights and deputy general counsel.
Austin had been a civil rights prosecutor and served as a Department of Justice (DOJ) supervisor before becoming a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama in the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity in 2014. In 2017, he went into private practice as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis.
In November, Biden named him as one of the volunteers on the Agency Review Team for the DOJ in his transition.
It isn’t clear what Austin’s specific responsibilities will be at Facebook; the company didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for further details, and an attempt to reach Austin for comment was unsuccessful.
“I am delighted to welcome Roy to Facebook as our VP of Civil Rights. Roy has proved throughout his career that he is a passionate and principled advocate for civil rights—whether it is in the courtroom or the White House,” Jennifer Newstead, Facebook’s general counsel, said in a Jan. 11 release.