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Joint Venture board adds four new members

Jeffrey Hamel, Matt Mahan, Jim Pappas, Robert Raffo approved at quarterly meeting

4 new board members September 20, 2013 – The Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors today elected four new members – Jeffrey Hamel of the Electric Power Research Institute, Matt Mahan of Causes.com, James R. Pappas Jr. of Hensel Phelps and Robert Raffo of Hood & Strong LLP – at its quarterly meeting in San Jose.

Hamel is executive director of the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector at EPRI. He is working to expand EPRI collaboration with the states of California and New York. Hamel previously held a management role with General Electric.

Mahan is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Causes, which provides online tools for fundraising campaigns. Before working in tech, Matt taught in San Jose through Teach for America and previously did economic development work in Bolivia through Harvard's Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship.

Pappas has been with Hensel Phelps since 1990, contributing to more than $4 billion in construction projects across nine states including South Carolina, Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and California. He is also active in industry and community organizations.

Raffo, managing partner of Hood & Strong, founded its Not-for-Profit Service Group and currently oversees audit and consulting engagements for social service agencies, arts organizations, private schools and education-related entities, membership groups, research institutes and corporate and family private foundations. He belongs to the American Institute of CPAs and the California Society of CPAs.

The 50-member Joint Venture board of directors includes senior-level representatives from business, local and regional government, academia, labor and workforce organizations and the broader community. Among Joint Venture’s current regional initiatives are programs to support economic development, build the smart energy network of the future, strengthen climate protection, broaden the region's wireless network and beautify the El Camino Real.

About Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Joint Venture Silicon Valley was established in 1993. A nonprofit organization, the group convenes the region’s leaders across every major sector – government, business, academia, labor, and community organizations. The organization provides data and analysis on our region’s challenges, and leads initiatives to address those challenges. Joint Venture is funded by cities and counties, local companies, colleges and universities, labor and workforce institutions and foundations. For more information, visit www.jointventure.org.

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