Board of Directors
Senior Executive Vice President, Operations Cisco – Retired
Committees: Executive /Chair, Finance, Funds Development
As Executive Vice President of Operations, Processes, and Systems at Cisco, Randy Pond oversees the functions of Corporate Affairs, Corporate Quality, Customer Service & Support Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal Services, and Worldwide Manufacturing. He also co-chairs the Connected Business Operations Council and is a key leader on the Commercial (SMB) Business Council, the Quality Experience Council and the Emerging Countries Council. To help fuel growth, drive innovation, and increase Cisco's productivity, Pond is currently leading a comprehensive business transformation across Cisco by re-engineering business processes, re-architecting IT systems, and redefining the role of Cisco leadership.
Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer Silver Lake
Committees: Executive /Vice-Chair, Funds Development, Network Development /Chair
Karen King is Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer of Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing with about $39 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital. Karen is involved in all aspects of Silver Lake's business from fundraising to deal execution to portfolio management and liquidity, as well as risk management. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Ms. King worked at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in its Palo Alto, New York, and London offices. During her time there she worked on capital markets transactions, such as initial public offerings and high yield debt financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions, including representing several private equity firms. Ms. King holds an A.B. from Duke University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Karen previously served on the board of Serena Software and currently serves on the boards of a number of non-profit institutions.
Retired Vice President, Internal Audit, Intuit
Committees: Executive, Finance Committee/Chair, Network Engagement
Dotty Hayes recently retired as Vice President, Internal Audit, with Intuit, where she also served as the Vice President of Finance Operations and Corporate Controller. Previously, she was Vice President and Controller of Agilent Technologies, following a decade at Hewlett-Packard Co. in financial management positions including Director of Internal Audit and Transition General Manager, where she was responsible for overseeing the separation of Agilent from HP. She also spent three years as Vice President and Controller of Apollo Computer Inc., prior to HP’s acquisition of Apollo in 1989.
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, UBS
Committees: Audit, Executive, Network Development
Rich began his career in financial services in 1969, joining E.F. Hutton in Palo Alto. He has over 40 years of experience advising clients through at least two severe recessions, a number of bull and bear markets, and occasional global turmoil. He respects markets and the constantly changing and evolving international economic conditions, analyzing them to the benefit of his clients. He enjoys a deep involvement in the Valley community, serving on a number of boards over the years and has a passion for the Arts. Rich and his wife Sally are residents of Los Altos and have three grown children.
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Committees: Executive, Nominating and Governance /Chair
George H. Brown is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He specializes in complex multi-party disputes that involve issues crossing multiple subject matters and jurisdictions. Mr. Brown has particular expertise in litigating disputes involving accounting-related allegations, economic and finance issues, or valuation questions. He has advised audit committees, boards, and global companies on a range of corporate governance and shareholder issues and disputes. He also has substantial experience in complex contract interpretation disputes, class actions, and lost profits litigation.
Recently, Mr. Brown has participated as a member of a “virtual legal team” challenging the improper implementation of a massive class action settlement concerning business lost profits claims. That litigation has involved interpretation of a complex class action settlement agreement and development of principles and procedures for evaluation of business lost profits claims for tens of thousands of business claimants. Mr. Brown`s background as a California certified public accountant and deep experience in representing accounting firms in a variety of settings allows him to add significant value for clients that are immersed in accounting related disputes. Mr. Brown currently also teaches a course at Berkeley Law School on accounting and finance for business litigation. He previously was a law professor at UCLA, where he taught business law, securities, and contract courses.
Mr. Brown has represented global companies in securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits that arise due to regulatory compliance issues and potential FCPA violations. He also has deep and substantial experience in developing loss causation defense strategies in litigation involving multi-billion dollar exposures. Mr. Brown was also a lead member of the trial team in a nationwide investor class action involving a disputed merger that converted a commercial real estate investment firm into a publicly traded REIT. The Gibson Dunn team achieved a complete defense verdict in that trial.
An active participant in the SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley communities, Mr. Brown serves on several non-profit boards. He has been past co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the SF Bay Area, and is a long time board member. He also serves as a National Trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Mr. Brown received the Jack Londen award from LCCR in 2014 for his work on education issues. He is also a leadership fellow with the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley.
He received his JD/MBA in 1988 from UCLA, where he served as editor-in-chief of the National Black Law Journal.
In 2011, Mr. Brown represented the California Citizen's Redistricting Commission in connection with its drawing of the political boundaries for California`s State Legislative districts, Congressional districts and Board of Equalization districts following the 2010 U.S. Census. The Commission's maps were upheld by the California Supreme Court in 2011.
President and CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Committees: Network Development
Muhammed Chaudhry serves as President and CEO for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Under his stewardship, SVEF has become the leading education not-for-profit resource preparing students for college and careers in Silicon Valley. The foundation is dedicated to elevating scholastic achievement in the critical area of STEM. With Muhammed’s leadership the foundation has forged strong partnerships with the industry and education community to develop innovative programs to support public education.
He is a Board Member of the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation and on the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee. Muhammed is on the Advisory Board of Silicon Valley Reads and California Consortium of Education Foundation. His personal interests include golf, long distance running, and volunteering with various philanthropic causes. Prior to SVEF, Muhammed held management positions in brand marketing with The Clorox Company and Dazzle Multimedia.
Muhammed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Leadership Program. He resides in San Jose with his wife, Rabia and their twins.
John C. Hollar
President & Chief Executive Officer, Computer History Museum
Committees: Nominating and Governance
John C. Hollar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Computer History Museum. He directs the Museum's strategic planning and operations and is responsible for establishing the Museum as the world's leading institution capturing computing's history, explaining its ongoing impact and exploring the technological, economic and social implications of computing for the future.
Hollar was named to the post by the Museum's Board of Trustees on July 1, 2008. Since that time he has led the development and execution of a series of strategic plans that have produced significant growth in the Museum, its educational and interpretive mission and its financial performance. The centerpiece of the strategy is the expansion of the Museum's role as an interpretive institution exploring the rise of computing - one of the most revolutionary developments in the history of humankind. He led the development behind the Museum's major, permanent exhibition, "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing," a multi-platform history experience that examines computing's history from the ancient Antikythera mechanism to modern-day social media. "Revolution" debuted in January 2011 and has been described as "the Valley's answer to the Smithsonian" by USA Today.
Hollar has expanded the Museum's production and distribution of television, film and digital media to make the major stories of computer history, and its pioneers, vivid and engaging for audiences nationwide. He serves as executive producer and frequent host of "Revolutionaries," a weekly television series produced in association with KQED San Francisco. "Revolutionaries" also appears more than a dozen times a year on KQED Public Radio and is syndicated nationally on public radio. Hollar has also led the expansion of the Museum's branded distribution of content on C-SPAN, YouTube and on the Museum's own website, www.computerhistory.org.
Hollar has accelerated annual and capital fundraising, including establishing two new centers providing even deeper focus and scholarship in software history and the entrepreneurial and investment ecosystem rooted in Silicon Valley. He has formed strategic relationships with NPR, Intel, Broadcom, Microsoft, Google, SAP, the Silicon Valley Executive Network, the Smithsonian Institution, major publishing companies and other national and international institutions. Under his leadership, the Museum has also greatly expanded its education programming and outreach to include major inquiry-based STEM+ initiatives. The programs, which have international reach, now encompass such areas as entrepreneurship, introductory engineering concepts and coding. The programs emphasize teamwork, collaborative problem-solving and public presentations.
Hollar's career spans global media production, law and public policy. Before joining the Museum, he was President of Penguin Television Ltd. and Pearson Broadband Ltd. in London as a senior executive of Pearson plc, the FTSE 100 global media and education company. Before that he served as Executive Vice President of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where he founded and launched the award-winning PBS.org, PBSKids.org and a wide array of national education services, including PBS TeacherLine. He has been the executive producer of more than 200 hours of documentary and children's television. His productions teams have won BAFTA, Webby, Codie and Milia d'Or awards in digital production..
He is a voting member of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He serves as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and is a past member of the selection committee for the Fulbright Awards conferred by the US/UK Fulbright Commission in London. He is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley.
Hollar holds bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science from Southern Methodist University and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School.
Economic Stimulus Manager, NOVA Workforce Investment Board
Committees: Executive, Network Engagement /Co-Chair
Social entrepreneur, social connector, leader, facilitator, innovation and transformation catalyst, communicator, problem solver.
Workforce development manager with significant cutting-edge experience through the NOVA Workforce Board and the labor movement in creating solutions to help workers and employers understand and navigate a fluid economy driven by rampant technological advances and globalization.
Current work includes:
• Directing workforce research on tech and other key Silicon Valley clusters
• Seeking development opportunities through partnerships
• Building community workforce coalitions
• Developing outreach strategies through traditional and social media
CEO, Silicon Valley Creates
Committees: Executive, Urban Steering
Connie Martinez is the founding managing director and CEO of 1stACT (now Silicon Valley Creates), a cross-sector collaborative whose mission is to inspire leadership, participation and investment at the intersection of art and technology. She is the former executive director of Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, one of the top ten children's museums in the nation. Connie has lived in California since 1986, holding several leadership positions within the community including director of strategic initiatives for the University of California - Santa Cruz, vice president for Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, and deputy city manager, planning director and general services director for the City of Mountain View.
Connie lives in downtown Palo Alto and is active throughout Silicon Valley. She is the founder of 1stACT, an ALF-SV Senior Fellow (Class X), and a member of the San Jose Rotary. She chairs the San Jose Arts and Culture Roundtable and sits on the boards of Los Lupeños and NOVA Workforce Investment Board.
Previously, she served as co-chair of the board for the United Way of Silicon Valley, co-chair of the Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness, and on the boards of the Harvard Business School Northern California Association, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose and the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Committees: Executive, Nominating and Governance
Webb McKinney is currently a management consultant with a primary focus on merger integration. He also serves on the boards of four nonprofit organizations, besides Civic Ventures: Resource Area for teaching, the American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley and ALearn. McKinney also serves on the board of SMART Modular Technologies. Prior to retiring from the Hewlett Packard Company after 34 years in November 2003, McKinney was the Executive Vice President leading HP's ongoing merger integration and global citizenship efforts, as well as HP's organizational effectiveness and governance initiatives. Previously, McKinney co-led HP's postmerger integration team. His responsibilities included planning and leading the integration of HP and Compaq's systems, processes and people. Before the merger, McKinney served as President for the Business Customer Organization at HP, with responsibility for worldwide sales of HP products and services and worldwide marketing and delivery of HP products to large companies and small- and medium-sized businesses. McKinney was born in Upland, Calif. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.
Rolanda Pierre Dixon
Retired Assistant District Attorney, County of Santa Clara
Rolanda Pierre Dixon is the retired Assistant District Attorney for Santa Clara County. She also served as the county’s expert on domestic violence and as Human Trafficking liaison for the District Attorney’s office.
Ms. Pierre Dixon is a graduate of San Jose State University with a BA degree in Political Science. She received her JD from the University of Santa Clara in 1980. She has handled all types of criminal prosecutions; including drunk driving, assault and battery, child abuse, robbery, juvenile, narcotics and domestic violence.
She established the first domestic violence unit in Santa Clara County in 1991 and was the supervisor of the unit until January 2006 when she was promoted to Assistant District Attorney. She also supervised the Family Violence Unit which includes domestic violence, child abuse, physical elder abuse and child abduction. In this capacity the unit members prosecuted over 5,000 domestic violence cases per year and were considered to be one of the premiere units in California.
She also supervised the Dependency Unit, Burglary Assault Unit and Narcotics Team, as well as the Narcotics, Burglary/Assault, Victim Restitution, Victim Witness and Dependency Units. She chaired the Domestic Violence Death Review Team beginning with its inception in 1994.
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini
Board President of the Sobrato Foundation
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini is Board President of the Sobrato Foundation, a private grant making foundation established in 1996 which invests in strong community-based organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote self-reliance among residents of Silicon Valley. Trained as a corporate attorney, she is passionate about working with at risk youth, currently serving as Board President of the Silicon Valley Children's Fund and Past President of Child Advocates of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Today’s Youth Matter and The Good Tidings Foundation. Lisa is also active in promoting philanthropy, serving on a variety of boards and speaking on panels around the country.
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