Sean E. Mickens serves on the U.S. Public Policy team where he manages Facebook’s outreach, partnerships, collaborations, and engagement with progressive and civil rights think tanks and advocacy groups on a variety of tech policy issues including privacy, content moderation and free expression, economic impact, among other issues.
Before Facebook, Mickens worked at Freedman Consulting, LLC, conducting public policy research, strategic planning, and issue advocacy for foundations and non-profit organizations, such as the Ford Foundation, Media Democracy Fund, and Open Society Foundations. In this capacity, he managed tech policy coalitions, developed strategic plans for advocacy on internet, technology, and media rights policy issues, and advised foundations on emerging tech policy trends at the intersection of civil and human rights.
Before joining Freedman, he served as the Broadband and Technology Fellow for the National Urban League, where he monitored policy, researched, and advocated on a wide range of civil rights issues with an emphasis on telecommunications and technology policy’s impacts on economic opportunity for underserved communities. He has also worked at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and Third Way.
Mr. Mickens has a strong passion for optimizing the social good of technology and innovation at the intersections of democracy and civil and human rights. He’s a contributing author of several research reports focusing on the intersection of technology policy, African Americans, and other historically marginalized communities. His senior thesis examined Muslim relations in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.
He studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is an honors graduate of Howard University.