Perhaps no one best straddles Google’s bicoastal pulls better than Chavez, 33, who joined Google in 2006. He graduated from Princeton and picked up his law degree at Stanford. He earned his West Coast chops while practicing technology law in Silicon Valley during the 1990s Internet boom. He moved to Washington in 2001, serving as senior counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and, later, as chief counsel to Sen. John McCain.
Chavez doesn’t fit the dot-com stereotype. He speaks in measured sentences, often beginning with a gentle “So ...” as if making a careful legal argument. This professorial streak may run in his household: Chavez lives in D.C. with his wife, Rebecca, who is a political science professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. They have two children, Oscar, 3, and Penelope, 18 months.more » « less