San Jose | November 20, 2009 - Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network today announced the election of a university president and two business community leaders to its board of directors.
The new members are Judith Maxwell Greig, president of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont; Thomas Klein, a partner at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig; and Lisa Portnoy, managing partner of the San Jose office of professional services firm Ernst & Young.
"All three of these distinguished Silicon Valley leaders bring valuable expertise and regional vision to our board," said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture. "We welcome their counsel and contributions to our organizational initiatives."
Dr. Greig became president at Notre Dame earlier this year after serving as acting president for a year. She has been at Notre Dame for twenty years in a variety of faculty and administration roles. Previously she was a lecturer at San Jose State University and taught elementary and middle school. She holds a BA from Wheaton College, an MA from Santa Clara University and a second MA and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Tom Klein joined Greenberg Traurig as a partner this year to focus on startup and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, international business transactions and public company representation. Previously with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for twenty years, he teaches at the Santa Clara University School of Law and UC Berkeley Extension and has taught at Stanford Law School. He holds a BA from Swarthmore College and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.
Lisa Portnoy is an assurance partner in the Bay Area practice of Ernst & Young and managing partner of the San Jose office. She has spent 26 years serving publicly held and startup and emerging companies in the computer equipment, semiconductor and other technology sectors as well as consumer products and other industries. She holds a BA in accounting from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania and is a CPA. Lisa serves on the executive board of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and San Jose Repertory Theatre.
The 50-member Joint Venture board of directors includes representatives from the business sector, academia, local and regional government, labor and workforce and broader community sectors.
Among Joint Venture's current regional initiatives are programs to support climate protection, recruit and retain teachers, establish a disaster resiliency center, create a sustainable building framework, examine workforce development issues, assemble a multipurpose wireless network and beautify the El Camino Real.