The Silicon Valley firm has in recent years has quickly ramped up its lobbying operations, hiring key Democratic and Republican political aids and regulators. In 2011, Facebook hired former George W. Bush aide Joe Kaplan to head global policy. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg began her career as an aide to former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers. Instagram Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine was chief of staff to Summers during his tenure leading Obama's National Economic Council.
The hiring of Martin comes as Facebook tries to expand Internet access across the globe through its initiative Internet.org.
“Kevin's deep experience in technology and communications policy, along with his creativity and strategic vision have already proven invaluable to our mission to connect the world and we are thrilled he is joining the Facebook team full-time,” said Joel Kaplan, Vice President of Global Public Policy.
Before joining the FCC, Martin served as a special assistant on economic policy for George W. Bush.