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Antonea Colón named 2010-2011 Benest Fellow

SJSU grad student to work on regionalism initiative

July 8, 2010 – Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network today named San Jose State University graduate student Antonea Colón as the organization's Benest Fellow for 2010-2011. The program honors the legacy of former Palo Alto City Manager Frank Benest, a tireless champion of regionalism and a long-serving member of the Joint Venture board of directors. Colón will collaborate with Joint Venture senior staff on regionalism efforts, research and other projects.

"Antonea exemplifies the spirit of the Frank Benest Fellowship," said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture. "She will make a genuine contribution to Joint Venture."

Colón is studying for her master's degree in urban planning with a focus on community development and design. She earned her BA in business and economics from North Park University in Chicago. She also holds a certificate in nonprofit leadership and management through American Humanics and was awarded for her campus involvement through the Center for Latin American Students.

Her work experience includes Foundation Fighting Blindness in Sunnyvale, where she managed fundraising events for nine successful events in Northern California, Colorado and Texas.

Colón succeeds the first Benest Fellow, Stanford University public policy graduate Eva Jellison, who completed her fellowship this summer and departed to attend law school at Northeastern University.

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