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Joint Venture board elects Sam Liccardo co-chair

Board also adds three new members at its quarterly meeting

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March 20, 2015 - The Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors today elected San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo as its new co-chair and added three new members at its quarterly meeting in Santa Clara.

Liccardo, who joined the board in November, succeeds former San Jose mayor Chuck Reed, who served six years as the public sector representative in the co-chair role. The private sector co-chair is Steven Bochner, CEO of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

“Mayor Liccardo is a dedicated public servant and a capable leader bringing gravitas and respect to this position,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture. “We look forward to his leadership on our board.”

At the same meeting, the board elected three new members: Nuria Fernandez, general manager and CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority; Todd Harris, EVP, CFO and CAO of Tech CU (Technology Credit Union); and Davis White, public policy and government relations manager at Google.

Fernandez, who came to VTA in 2013, has a 30-year career in the transportation field that includes planning, design and construction of mass transit systems, airport operations and policy development.

She previously served as chief operating officer of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, managed operations at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and provided policy and program expertise at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Harris directs all finance and accounting related functions, strategic planning, information systems and technology, operations and corporate services for Tech CU, a $1.8 billion credit union serving more than 70,000 members throughout the Bay Area.

Previously he served as CFO for Alliance Credit Union and Pentech Financial Services and spent more than a decade at Silicon Valley Bank.

White manages policy and public affairs for Google’s Peninsula headquarters. Previously, he had senior political roles with John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008 and Rob Portman’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign in Ohio. Earlier, he served on the communications team with the Afghan Reconstruction Group in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Davis also served in The White House Office of Public Liaison during the 2006 midterm elections. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University.

The 50-member Joint Venture board of directors includes senior-level representatives from business, local and regional government, academia, labor and workforce organizations and the broader community. Among Joint Venture’s current regional initiatives are programs to support economic development, build the smart energy network of the future, strengthen climate protection, broaden the region's wireless network and beautify the El Camino Real.

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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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