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Joint Venture taps Larry Carr as Executive Vice President

Morgan Hill City Councilman and public affairs official named to new position

Larry Carr headshotAugust 20, 2014 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley today announced the appointment of veteran elected official and public affairs executive Larry Carr to the newly created position of executive vice president.

Carr, a member of the Morgan Hill City Council since 2000 and former public affairs official for San Jose State University and Stanford Hospital and Clinics, becomes second-in-command to Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock, supervising the day-to-day operations and management of the organization.

“Larry’s two decades of management experience in the public and private sectors in Silicon Valley make him ideally suited to this new role in our growing organization,” said Hancock, who conducted a wide search to fill the position.

Hancock said Carr will develop new programs and initiatives where Joint Venture is not currently active, oversee internal administrative functions and finances, and lead event planning and management.

Adding Carr to the executive team frees Hancock to concentrate more on growing membership, fundraising and overall strategic planning for Joint Venture and its Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, which he serves as president.

Joint Venture convenes Silicon Valley leaders to foster the region’s economic development and quality of life, conducts community initiatives, produces the annual Silicon Valley Index, and stages the annual State of the Valley Conference.

A native of Morgan Hill and a political science graduate of San Jose State University, Carr has worked in the offices of Representatives Norm Mineta and Anna Eshoo. He later headed education and workforce preparedness for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, was director of government and community relations for Stanford Hospital and Clinics and served as associate vice president of public affairs at San Jose State, where he is a distinguished alumnus.

Carr served on the Morgan Hill board of education for four years before he was elected to the Morgan Hill City Council. He has been re-elected three times.

Larry is active in a variety of community and volunteer organizations and was named by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal in 2004 as one of “40 Under 40” people to watch for contributions to the community.

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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

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