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Frances Haugen biography: 13 things about ex-Facebook product manager from Iowa


Frances Bordwell Haugen is a white woman originally from Iowa, United States. She has lived in different parts of California, USA including Emeryville, Mountain View and San Francisco.

Haugen previously lived in Iowa City, Iowa and in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. From 1998 to 2003, she attended Iowa City High School where she was a debater. (a)
  2. From 2002 to 2006, she attended Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts where she earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. In June 2003, she founded the college’s yearbook and served as its co-editor until July 2006. From February 2006 to May 2006, she worked for the college as a teaching assistant. (a)
  3. From September 2002 to May 2006, she was a volunteer assistant debate coach at Needham High School. (a)
  4. From October 2006 to September 2008, she worked for Google in Mountain View, California as an associate product manager. (a)
  5. From October 2008 to August 2009, she was a Google product manager. (a)
  6. From 2009 to 2011, she attended Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts where she earned her master of business administration with a specialization in general management, which was paid for by Google. From October 2009 to May 2011, she was a Google software engineer. (a)(b)
  7. In 2010, she co-founded Secret Agent Cupid, the precursor to Hinge. She is the technical co-founder of Hinge and served as its chief technology officer in Mountain View from February 2011 to August 2011. (a)
  8. In 2011, she was diagnosed with Celiac disease that left her with severe mobility issues. From June 2011 to January 2014, she was a Google product manager again. (a)(c)
  9. Shortly after leaving her job at Google in 2014, she landed in the intensive care unit with a blood clot in her thigh. While recovering from the clot, she hired a family friend to help her with chores and errands but their friendship deteriorated when the friend became involved in online white nationalist and occult forums. (c)
  10. From April 2015 to August 2016, she worked for Yelp in San Francisco as a product manager. In August 2015, she started volunteering for Burning Man as a black rock ranger. (a)
  11. From August 2016 to January 2018, she worked for Pinterest in San Francisco as a product manager. (a)
  12. From June 2019 to May 2021, she worked for Facebook in Menlo Park, California as a product manager. She who worked on civic integrity issues at the company. (a)(d)
  13. She was 37 years old when she leaked internal Facebook documents to the Wall Street Journal, sent the documents to lawmakers and filed for whistleblower protection with the Securities and Exchange Commission after leaving her job at Facebook in May 2021. She accused Facebook of refusing to add any safety measures that would reduce the amount of time people spent on the company’s platforms. On October 5, 2021, she testified before a Senate subcommittee and faced questions about several issues including about what Facebook-owned Instagram knew about its effects on young users. (b)(c)(d)


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