David Tessler joined Meta in 2019 and is now the Director of the Dangerous Organizations and Individuals Policy team. David’s team, along with hundreds of other experts at the company, work to stop terrorist, hate, and criminal groups that try to use our platforms. Before joining Meta, David served in the US Foreign Service and at the US Treasury Department for almost 20 years of public service. Among his assignments, David was stationed in Bucharest, Baghdad, and at the US Mission to the United Nations, where he focused on countering terrorist financing and sanctions. David grew up outside of New York City. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and with a master’s of public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
The inaugural Eradicate Hate Summit was a truly impressive gathering of leaders dedicated to finding lasting and effective solutions to violent extremism. I was particularly moved by the prominence given to survivors and family members of victims of hate and violence throughout the event. Their stories and those of so many others must be at the center of what we do and why we do it.