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Joint Venture's Institute for Regional Studies names Drew Starbird Senior Fellow

Drew Starbird headshotStarbird to provide counsel on hunger and food assistance research projects

June 10, 2021 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies has named Drew Starbird as a senior fellow. A frequent contributor to the Institute’s research on hunger and food assistance projects, Starbird will provide continuing counsel and work on broader initiatives.

Starbird is executive director of the My Own Business Institute and a professor in the department of information systems & analytics at Santa Clara University. He started teaching at SCU in 1987 after completing his Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Cornell University. Starbird also holds a BS from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

"The team at Joint Venture is extraordinary. I am looking forward to working with them to make real progress in the fight against hunger in our community," said Starbird.

He served as the interim Dean of the Leavey School of Business in 2009, and as Dean from 2010 to 2015. From 1996 to 2000, Starbird was director of the Food & Agribusiness Institute at Santa Clara University and in the fall of 2000, he served as director of strategic planning at TransFresh, a company involved with the international transportation of perishables and a subsidiary of Fresh Express.

Starbird teaches classes in operations management, statistics, and complex decision making at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA levels. He has published research in Naval Research Logistics, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Journal of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Agribusiness: An International Journal, Agricultural Economics, and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

“Drew has been a longtime contributor to the research conducted at the Institute and we are thrilled to welcome him as a senior fellow,” said Rachel Massaro, vice president and director of research for the Institute. “His contributions and ongoing tracking of food assistance is extremely valuable.”

“Dean Starbird brings deep domain expertise and an analytical mind to our Institute,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture and president of the Institute for Regional Studies. “His research also has a practical bent, which makes him a tremendous asset to our work.”


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