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Reggie  McKnight

Reggie McKnight

Global Head of Social Impact, Google

Biography

Reggie McKnight has been a champion for corporate social impact and economic equity throughout his 20-year career as a leader within some of the world’s largest corporations, including Google, Facebook, and BP. Read More >

As a trusted advisor to corporate CEOs and civic leaders, he has helped create thousands of jobs, shepherd millions of dollars into community investment, and pioneered partnerships with iconic organizations, including the Andrew J. Young Foundation, International African American Museum, the renowned Alfred Street Baptist Church to produce the largest HBCU college festival in the world, and the Selma-to-Montgomery Memorial March where he recently walked shoulder-to-shoulder with President Biden.

As the Global Head of Social Impact at Google, Reggie leads a team focused on financial investment, job creation, and equity — combining funding, partnerships, and innovation to support underrepresented communities around the world.

Before joining Google, Reggie served as Facebook’s Head of U.S.Economic and Community Development. In that position, he played a leading role in fueling billions of dollars in investments and creating thousands of new jobs throughout the United States.

Before his career in tech, Reggie was a lawyer and key strategist for BP’s public policy response to the Gulf Oil Spill, helping to shape the company’s public a airs and communications strategies. Reggie began his career as a corporate lawyer at WilmerHale and Dickstein Shapiro, both in Washington, D.C. and served as a federal law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Reggie has served on numerous boards, including the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Posse Foundation, University of South Carolina Business School, the International African American Museum Board, the Mother Emanuel AME Church Memorial Foundation Board, and the Duke University School of Law Alumni Board. He has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” by The Washington Post and a top lawyer under 40 by the National Bar Association.

Reggie earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2004, which he a ended on a full academic scholarship, and graduated cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2001, where he was a decorated student-athlete on the men’s soccer team and the first African American athlete to be named a Rhodes Scholar finalist. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Reggie McKnight, featured speaker at the Christian City Community Champion Awards | 2022

February 11, 2018 HBCU Facebook Remarks, Reginald McKnight

Posse Foundation's Power of 10 Atlanta | 2022

Reggie McKnight, featured speaker at Ambassador Andrew Young Foundation's 90th Anniversary | 2022

National Action Network MLK Jr. Annual Breakfast | 2018

Speech Topics

A Conversation with Reggie McKnight