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Joint Venture board elects Brigade’s Matt Mahan as new private sector co-chair; Board also adds Facebook, Caliva executives

Matt Mahan headshotSeptember 21, 2018 – The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Brigade President and CEO Matt Mahan as its new private sector co-chair.

The board also elected Facebook Public Policy Manager Juan Salazar and Caliva CEO Dennis O’Malley as its newest members.

Mahan has been a board member since 2013. He succeeds Steven Bochner as private sector co-chair. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is the public sector co-chair of the board.

Salazar, who also manages local policy and community affairs for Facebook, was previously the associate manager of state political outreach for the company. He has been editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy and a California Senate fellow and legislative aide.

Salazar has an undergraduate degree in history from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

O’Malley heads the largest vertically integrated cannabis company in California. He has held leadership roles in fast-growing companies in emerging markets for more than 20 years and holds multiple technology patents.

Most recently he co-founded and led a venture-backed software company that enabled brands like Red Bull, Nike, Adidas, The North Face, and Reebok to scale their revenue through ambassador marketing programs. O’Malley holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, where he graduated with honors.

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