San Jose, CA | February 18, 2006 – Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss has been elected as co-chair of the board of directors, Joint Venture president Russell Hancock announced today. Harry Kellogg of Silicon Valley Bank will continue as the other co-chair.
“Supervisor Kniss brings a multifaceted record of accomplishment to this position,” Mr. Hancock commented. “It’s rare to find so many things in one person, but Liz brings a track record in high tech, the sensibilities of a public servant, the experiences of a nurse in the health care system, and a passion for family and children’s issues. She’s the perfect person to lead Joint Venture.”
Ms. Kniss has formerly served as mayor, city council member, and school board member. As Mayor of Palo Alto, Ms. Kniss successfully led the effort to make Palo Alto the first wired city in the nation, organizing NetDay96—a collaborative effort between schools and business that connected thousands of children throughout the state to the internet for the first time.
Formerly a marketing & communications manager for Sun Microsystems, Inc., Ms. Kniss also holds credentials as a nurse.
Ms. Kniss earned her B.S. from Simmons University in Boston, and a M.S. from California State University. She has done additional graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley in public administration and health care policy.