Global Freedom of Expression

Ross LaJeunesse

Ross LaJeunesse is Global Head of International Relations for Google, where he oversees the company’s efforts to promote and defend a free and open Internet around the world. LaJeunesse has been with Google for more than seven years, and previously served as Head of Government Affairs in Asia Pacific. Before joining Google, LaJeunesse served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He helped develop and execute the Governor’s comprehensive and ambitious policy agenda, including economic development, infrastructure investment and education reform issues.  In the mid-2000s, LaJeunesse was Chief of Staff to California Controller Steve Westly, the state’s chief financial officer. He also served as Chief of Staff to California Public Utilities Commissioner Susan Kennedy.  LaJeunesse began his career in Washington, D.C. as an assistant to United States Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell and later as a policy advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy.  LaJeunesse graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and received his law degree with honors from Harvard Law School.