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Chuck Reed, Chris DiGiorgio named recipients of 2015 Joint Venture Packard Award

Former board co-chairs to accept Joint Venture’s highest honor at State of the Valley Feb. 4

Chuck Reed Chris DiGiorgioJanuary 8, 2015 - Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced today that former Joint Venture board co-chairs Chuck Reed and Chris DiGiorgio are the recipients of the 2015 David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship.

Reed, who this week ended eight years as mayor of San Jose, and DiGiorgio, a former longtime Accenture executive, both recently retired from the Joint Venture board after six years as co-chairs.

They will receive the award at the State of the Valley conference February 4 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This is the first year more than one recipient has been honored.

The Packard Award is Joint Venture’s highest honor, presented annually to an individual or individuals who bring an entrepreneurial, cross-boundary, problem-solving approach to Silicon Valley’s challenges. Recipients embody the spirit of David Packard, Silicon Valley’s legendary pioneer who set the highest standard for civic engagement.

“Honoring both men was a natural choice,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture. “Chuck and Chris have served Joint Venture and our community with great distinction, both extending well beyond their everyday roles to lead our work on regional challenges.

“Even with his duties as mayor of the nation’s tenth largest city, Chuck Reed took the lead on our climate response work with his regional stewardship of a Greenprint for the region,” added Hancock.

“Chris launched the Climate Prosperity Council and served as its chair, as did Chuck. And both men helped us carry out a 20-year strategic planning process and played a vital role in creation of the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies.”

Previous Packard Award honorees include Salman Khan (2014), Lenny Mendonca (2013), John Sobrato (2012), Aart de Geus (2011), Richard M. Levy (2010), Paul L. Locatelli (2009), William F. Miller (2008), Eric Benhamou (2007) and Bruce Chizen (2006).

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