‘For a long time in Google, I knew I was never going to become the vice president of communications’ – The Big Interview: William Fitzgerald

William Fitzgerald found himself an outlier among his colleagues in Google’s public policy department and eventually left, but even back then he was an activist for workers’ rights. Now he’s using the skills he learned at the search engine giant to try to temper the power of digital corporations

William Fitzgerald: the former Google employee left to found the Worker Agency, a policy and communications firm. Picture: Don Feria

In brief:

Name and role: William Fitzgerald, founder and partner at the Worker Agency, a policy and communications firm

Lives: Berkeley, California

Age: 35

Family: married to Sana Saleem

My working day: “Up early, try to get emails out before 9, lots of calls from 9-1, and then meet a reporter for a coffee, attend an event/protest in the afternoon. Try to finish by 5.”

My perfect weekend: “It’d include an early surf, good coffee ...