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 Ed Shikada

City Manager, Palo Alto

Ed Shikada, city manager of Palo Alto since 2018 and a member of Joint Venture’s board of directors, has come a long way from what he calls the “sticks” of Hawaii.

Shikada was born and raised in the little town of Kealakekua on the big island of Hawaii, most famous as the landing spot of Captain Cook, who sailed into Kealakekua Bay in 1779. Shikada’s family owned a... Read more


About Joint Venture

Established in 1993, Joint Venture provides analysis and action on issues affecting the Silicon Valley economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues, launch projects and work toward innovative solutions.