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Joint Venture adds leaders from LinkedIn, The Irvine Company and SJSU to its board of directors

Mike headshot Carlene headshot Mary headshotSeptember 16, 2016 – The Joint Venture board of directors today elected LinkedIn Senior Vice President and General Counsel Michael Callahan, The Irvine Company Vice President Carlene Matchniff and San Jose State University President Dr. Mary Papazian as its newest members.

Callahan is responsible for worldwide legal affairs and public policy at LinkedIn. He previously served as Chief Legal Officer at online real estate marketplace TenX and as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Yahoo! Callahan holds a B.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Matchniff is responsible for entitlements, public and governmental affairs for the Northern California region for The Irvine Company, a diversified, privately held real estate investment company. She previously held executive positions at Centennial Founders, Pardee Homes, Urban Vision.
Matchniff holds a B.A. in geography-ecosystems from UCLA and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, with an area of concentration in International Real Estate.

Dr. Papazian joined San Jose State University July 1 with 25 years of experience in teaching and academic administrative experience. She most recently served as president of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in New Haven, Conn. She held earlier positions at Lehman College at City University of New York, Montclair State University in New Jersey and Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Dr. Papazian earned her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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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