Palo Alto Vice Mayor will Direct Technology Convergence Consortium
San Jose, CA, March 4, 2005 - Judy Kleinberg, vice-mayor of Palo Alto and the executive director of the AeA’s Bay Area Chapter (formerly the American Electronics Association) has been appointed vice president of programs and policy, Joint Venture President Russell Hancock announced today. Kleinberg will manage Joint Venture’s Technology Convergence Consortium and serve the organization overall as lead program and policy officer.
“We’re very pleased to add Judy to the Joint Venture team,” Mr. Hancock said of the appointment. “Judy has political sensibilities, policy expertise, and a talent for building relationships.”
Ms. Kleinberg’s principal responsibility will be to direct the Technology Convergence Consortium (TC2), a Joint Venture initiative bringing together the region’s universities, national laboratories, industry associations, and private sector companies. The group’s aim is to accelerate the convergence of biotechnology, nanotechnology, and conventional information technologies, capturing the economic benefits of this convergence for the Silicon Valley region.
Ms. Kleinberg said, “ I'm eager to continue the Joint Venture tradition of bringing together the leadership from all sectors, to help Silicon Valley lead the next big wave of innovation.”
California State Senator Joe Simitian praised the appointment. “Joint Venture just hit the jackpot. Judy is highly thought of throughout the Valley. She blends industry savvy with practical political know-how. She has a broad range of relevant experience, a public-private combination rarely found in one person.”
Joint Venture board member Gary Hooper, former Senior Vice President of Genencor International, added “Judy has strong ties to a wide variety of players in this valley; she will be the architect of exciting new partnerships.”
Prior to directing AeA, Ms. Kleinberg was the executive director of Kids in Common. Also an attorney, she is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley. She was elected to the Palo Alto City Council in 2000 and re-elected in 2004; in 2005 she was voted to the office of Vice Mayor by her colleagues on the council. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband Jim and has two adult children.
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