Jay Carney

Jay Carney, Global Head of Policy and Communications

Jay Carney oversees Airbnb’s global policy and strategic communications teams, working alongside policymakers, communities and partners to ensure guests and hosts connect and experience travel in new, authentic and meaningful ways. 

Prior to joining Airbnb, Jay established and led Amazon’s global corporate affairs function for seven years, overseeing policy, communications and community engagement, including investments in affordable housing, disaster response and refugee relief. He joined Amazon from the White House, where he served as Press Secretary to President Obama from 2011 to 2014 and before that as Director of Communications for then-Vice President Joe Biden. Prior to entering government, Jay spent 20 years at TIME magazine, including as a foreign correspondent and Washington bureau chief.

Jay sits on the board of the Urban Institute, which focuses on housing affordability and racial inequality. He also serves on the board of Human Rights First, which assists asylum-seekers, calls out human rights abuses and combats violent extremism. Jay was raised in Virginia and earned a BA in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. He lives in Washington, DC.