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Joint Venture board adds top exec at Ernst & Young and Water District Chair

Keegan headshot Karavadra headshotJune 10, 2016 – The Joint Venture board of directors today elected Santa Clara County Water District Director Barbara Keegan and Ernst & Young LLP Silicon Valley Managing Principal Kailesh Karavadra as its newest members.

Keegan, a former engineering unit manager with the water district and a director since 2012, is a third generation civil engineer who previously served in senior public works positions for the cities of San Jose for 18 years and Sunnyvale for four. Keegan also serves on the boards of the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and the San Jose Arena Authority. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in civil engineering from San Jose State University.

Karavadra has been with Ernst & Young LLP for 25 years and has headed the Silicon Valley office since 2012, leading more than 750 professionals in the San Jose area. He has served some of the firm’s largest global clients in areas ranging from advising on business strategy to consulting on system security risks and business process controls, always with the goal of helping them improve their business performance. Kailesh serves on the boards of United Way Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Directors Exchange and the National Kidney Foundation.

Born in Uganda and raised in India and England, he has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electronic engineering from UCNW in the UK.

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, distribute surplus food to the hungry and beautify the El Camino Real.

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