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Jean McCown Elected to Joint Venture Board

Stanford University community relations director joins regional group

San Jose, CA, March 7, 2005 - Jean McCown, Stanford University director of community relations, was elected to the board of directors, Joint Venture President Russell Hancock announced today.

Ms. McCown, who also serves as assistant vice president for the University, is an attorney, environmentalist, and former mayor of Palo Alto. She also has a long history as a community leader, including service on the Palo Alto Planning Commission (1979-1987) and the City Council (1990-1998). She served as Palo Alto mayor in 1993; she also held seats on regional bodies, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

“The Joint Venture board holds Ms. McCown in high respect,” said Hancock, commenting on the board’s unanimous decision. “We particularly value her experience championing regional solutions to regional problems. Stanford places a high premium on their role as a regional steward, which is why they moved quickly to hire Ms. McCown. We’re delighted to have both quantities—Stanford’s commitment to the region and Jean’s insight and experience—represented on our board.”

Ms. McCown received a bachelor's degree in history, and a Phi Beta Kappa membership from the University of Michigan, and received a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, with an emphasis on the history of modern China. She also received her Juris Doctor from University of California, Boalt Hall and was the Articles Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly.

In 1994 she received the John Gardner Leadership Award from the American Leadership Forum.

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