Identifying the other Facebook employees who are with Zuckerberg in D.C. this week.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before Congress this week about how the platform was abused during the 2016 presidential election. But he’s not in Washington, D.C., alone.

Who are the Facebook executives and employees Zuckerberg brought as backup as he faces two days of intense grilling from Congress?

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In front of Mark Zuckerberg with the striped tie is Brian Rice, Facebook’s director of public policy. Rice joined Facebook from Verizon more than four years ago to serve as the company’s top Democratic lobbyist.

The man in the light blue tie behind Mark Zuckerberg’s left shoulder is Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s VP of public policy. Kaplan has been with Facebook since 2011; he joined after working for former President George W. Bush as deputy chief of staff. He’s been heavily involved in Facebook’s efforts to understand what happened on the service during the 2016 election.

The woman to Mark Zuckerberg’s left is his executive assistant, Andrea Besmehn. She’s Zuckerberg’s frequent travel companion and most likely the mastermind behind the infamous “meat cake” birthday photo.

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Andy Stone, the man in the striped tie, handles Facebook’s policy communications. That means dealing with reporter questions from the fine folks at Recode and other publications asking about Russia and Facebook and fake news and elections.

We’ll update this post as more people are identified.

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