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Joint Venture board adds four new members

Executives from S.F. 49ers, Juniper Networks, San Jose Earthquakes and the Irvine Co. elected at June meeting

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June 12, 2015 – The Joint Venture board of directors today added four new members, including executives from the San Francisco Forty Niners, Juniper Networks, San Jose Earthquakes, and the Irvine Company.

Elected at the board’s quarterly meeting in San Jose were Rahul Chandhok, manager of government affairs for the 49ers; Diane Doolittle, corporate vice president of global support delivery for Juniper Networks; Dave Kaval, president of the Earthquakes; and Dan Young, president of the Irvine Company’s Community Development Group.

“All four of these accomplished executives will strengthen our diverse public-private board as we tackle the important issues facing Silicon Valley,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture. “We’re fortunate to add their expertise and leadership to our board.”

Chandhok joined the 49ers in 2014. Previously, as an aide to Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, he contributed to the acquisition of the Sacramento Kings and development of a $448 million public-private financing plan for a new downtown arena.

Chandhok also served as general counsel to a nonprofit organization in Southern California and as a law clerk for the Oakland Raiders. He holds a BA in criminology, law and society from the University of California at Irvine and a law degree from the UC Davis School of Law.

Doolittle joined Juniper Networks in 2010 with expertise in strategic business planning, organization startup and turnaround success, crisis management, executive relationship cultivation, contract negotiations and operational excellence.

She previously held executive positions with Riverbed Technology, NetApp, Synoptics/Bay Networks/Nortel and two startups. She earned her BA in liberal studies from San Diego State University.

Kaval joined the Earthquakes in 2010 and has led the transformation of the club on and off the field, culminating with the recent debut of the team’s new 18,000-seat Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

Previously, Kaval founded the Golden Baseball League, served in the office of the president of the United States as a national security budget examiner, and is the author of “The Summer That Saved Baseball.” He holds a BA in international relations and economics and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Young came to the Irvine Company in 1999 after 20 years as a real estate developer and industry consultant. His group develops the Villages of Irvine and the company’s other master-planned land holdings and homebuilding projects.

He served 11 years on the Santa Ana City Council, including eight years as mayor. He has served on the boards of several regional agencies. Young earned his BA from California State University, Fullerton, and he has done graduate work in public administration at the University of Southern California.

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