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Eli Sugarman

Program Officer, Cyber Initiative, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Eli Sugarman is a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He manages the Cyber Initiative, a ten-year, $130million grant-making effort that aims to build a more robust cybersecurity field and improve policy-making.

Previously, he was a consultant and strategist to private sector and non-profit leaders. From 2009 to 2014, Eli was senior director at an emerging markets advisory firm based in Washington, D.C., where he provided strategic counsel on international policy, regulatory, and business matters to clients globally. He has served as a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State, where he focused on international security issues.

Eli regularly writes about cybersecurity, government surveillance, data privacy and internet governance in leading outlets such as Time, The Atlantic, Forbes and The Christian Science Monitor. A San Diego native and graduate of Middlebury College, he holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.