Joint Venture Profiles

Each month, Joint Venture profiles a member of the board or other project leader from the Silicon Valley landscape, featured here and in Valley Vision, Joint Venture's monthly newsletter. Please enjoy meeting the people behind the headlines and learning more about them.

Meet Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Manager, City of San Mateo

Jennifer Chen arrived in New York from Taiwan at the tender age of seven, plopped into an entirely new world. Her parents, evacuees from a remote island off the coast of China, owned Chinese restaurants and didn’t need to learn English. Chen became their de-facto interpreter and what she calls an “interloper” between cultures. Her origin story is a powerful influence for her, even today.

Chen learned to navigate her multi-cultural world with agility. She also developed a finely-tuned sense of empathy – a skill that she relies upon as the economic development manager for the City of San Mateo and as... Read more


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