Mr. Newmark is the founder of craigslist.com, the extraordinarily successful and pioneering classified advertising site. Having retired from active management, he now focuses his energy and resources on philanthropic endeavors.
In 2011 he launched craigconnects as a platform to support organizations involved in work for veterans and military families, open government, public diplomacy, trustworthy journalism, consumer protection, election protection, and voter registration.
He also serves on the board of directors of the Poynter Foundation, Center for Public Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, Consumers Union/Consumer Reports, Blue Star Families, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Members of the Advisory Board are leaders and experts in areas of importance to FAC, including First Amendment law, journalism, the internet’s impact on free speech, Freedom of Information, philanthropy and the media and digital industries.
Mr. Newmark becomes the ninth member of the Advisory Board, joining current members: Floyd Abrams partner at the New York law firm Chaill Gordon & Reindel, has been called “the most significant First Amendment lawyer of our age.”; Lowell Bergman, a Pulizer-prize winning journalist, is Professor of Investigative Reporting at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; Tom Blanton, is Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean and distinguished professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law; Rebecca MacKinnon is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation; Dana Priest is a two-time Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter for the Washington Post; Gary Pruitt is the CEO of Associated Press, and Jeffrey Toobin who has written on legal affairs for The New Yorker since 1993.