Aarti Shah 04 Jan 2021 // 5:03PM GMT
SAN FRANCISCO — Gabriel Stricker has left Google again, this time to join Laurene Powell Jobs' organization Emerson Collective, which owns a majority stake in The Atlantic.
Stricker will report to Jobs as chief communications officer and managing director. The Emerson Collective, which Jobs founded in 2004, describes its mission as "creating systemic change in education, immigration, climate, and cancer research and treatment."
In addition to Jobs, the philanthropic investment group's high-profile leadership includes former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and former Citigroup executive Michael Klein. Last fall, the Emerson Collective made headlines for cutting back its media investments, which included layoffs at The Atlantic and offloading Pop-Up Magazines.
Confirming his appointment in a tweet, Stricker said: I've joined @EmCollective to lead its amazing Communications team. Can't wait to work with @laurenepowell and the rest of the Collective to create systemic change in education, immigration, climate, health, and journalism. #AMoreEqualAndJustUSA
Stricker returned to Google in 2019 as head of search ecosystem, where his work included helping people find useful information related to the 2020 US elections and Covid-19. Stricker's first stint at Google was from 2006-2012, during which he served as director of communications.
In 2018, Stricker joined Niantic, the AR gaming company behind Pokémon Go, as its VP of communications, reporting to its CEO and founder John Hanke, with whom Stricker worked at Google before Niantic was spun off into its own company. In 2012, he joined Twitter as its chief communications officer before rejoining Google in 2015 as VP of public policy and communications for the now defunct Google Fiber.