Executive Director, India Community Center
Tanuja Bahal has been Executive Director of the India Community Center in Milpitas since 2007. During her tenure at the ICC Tanuja has been involved with all aspects of the ICC's functioning. She has steered the direction of the center and has driven a number of unique programs, including youth volunteer programs, dance and art contests for kids, music festivals and services for the community. The 40,000-square-foot center promotes Indian culture and values by providing social, cultural, recreational and community programs. The center offers more than 200 classes, 11 weeks of camp and 70 events annually.
Prior to the ICC, Tanuja consulted with a number of high technology companies, including Sun Microsystems, Cadence Design and HP, in the areas of marketing and advertising. She has also worked in the advertising industry providing services to such international clients as Ikea, Toyota and Sanyo. Bahal is a graduate of Delhi University.
Executive Director, California Tax Reform Association
Lenny Goldberg is the Executive Director of the California Tax Reform Association and owner of a public interest lobbying firm, Lenny Goldberg and Associates. He has been involved with major tax legislation and tax initiative campaigns in California for the past 25 years. He is on the board of Citizens for Tax Justice in Washington, D.C. and has published extensively on tax policy, including reports and articles on Proposition 13, and has been California correspondent for State Tax Notes.
He has been a legislative advocate for many years on energy, consumer, privacy, human service and housing issues for non-profit/public interest groups. He was named in a recent poll of legislators and staff as “the most effective liberal crusader” in the legislature. He has degrees in economics from Williams College and UC Berkeley.
San Jose and Silicon Valley Program Director, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Judith Kleinberg, an attorney and former Palo Alto mayor who has led both a tech start-up and award-winning nonprofits, joined Knight Foundation as program director for San Jose in 2010. Previously, as vice president, COO and general counsel of the Google-created InSTEDD – which harnesses technology for responses to diseases and disasters – Kleinberg oversaw the group’s operations, governance and international business expansion. Prior to that, she worked to strengthen California’s business and technology sectors as both vice president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and as an executive director of what is now TechAmerica.
Over the past decade Kleinberg served as councilwoman and mayor of the city of Palo Alto, during which time she created community-wide initiatives focused on environmental action and disaster planning. She also served as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as president of both the League of California Cities Peninsula Division and the Santa Clara County Cities Association.
Kleinberg, who started her career as a private attorney and broadcast television journalist, is a past vice president of California Women Lawyers, director of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and chair of America’s Promise – Silicon Valley. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Honors College and the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.
President, Bank of America California
Janet Lamkin is President of Bank of America California, responsible for developing and implementing a model for business integration in order to deepen business relationships, grow revenues and deliver the full power of the company to customers, clients and communities. California is the largest and most important market in Bank of America’s nationwide franchise, and Bank of America is California’s largest bank.
Janet has worked for Bank of America in California for more than 15 years, serving in a variety of management positions. She left the bank in 2005 to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Bankers Association and returned in June of 2007 to assume her current role.
The former president of the Professional Business Women of California, Janet is currently Chair of the Bay Area Council. She also serves on the boards of the California Chamber of Commerce and the Southern California Leadership Council. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Milken Institute’s California Center and was named one of the 100 most influential businesswomen in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times in each of the last four years. She currently serves on the boards of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Pacific Coast Banking School, and the Los Angeles YMCA.
Senior Economist, CCSCE
Stephen Levy is the Director and Senior Economist of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy (CCSCE), a private research organization founded in 1969 to provide an independent assessment of economic and demographic trends in California. A member of the advisory panel for Joint Venture’s annual Silicon Valley Index, he also belongs to the Economic Allocation Advisory Committee for the state Air Resources Board and has participated in the committee’s reports on the economic impact of AB 32. He continues to do research on workforce issues related to California and Silicon Valley.
Levy has worked extensively on how the state budget and economy are related. He created the California Budget Challenge in partnership with Next Ten and has worked with California Forward on linking future economic and demographic trends in California to state budget issues. He is a member of the NOVA (Silicon Valley) Workforce Board and the Board of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Stephen Levy has degrees in economics from MIT and Stanford University. He speaks often before public and private groups and is a frequent commentator on the economy for news organizations.
CEO, 1st Act Silicon Valley
Connie Martinez is the Managing Director and CEO of 1st Act Silicon Valley, a network of business, civic and arts leaders working to foster cultural engagement and help create an authentic sense of place and cultural identity for Silicon Valley. She has previously held several leadership positions within the community, including Executive Director of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Director of Strategic Initiatives for University of California Santa Cruz, Vice President for Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Deputy City Manager, Planning Director and General Services Director for the City of Mountain View.
Martinez is the former board chair and currently on the board of the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley, and is a board member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Board Chair of Bring Me A Book Foundation. In addition, she is a member of San Jose Rotary, and the past chair of the San Jose Arts & Culture Roundtable. Connie has a BS in Finance and an MBA in Information Systems from the University of Colorado.
Bruce McPherson is a former California legislator and Secretary of State who served two terms in the California State Assembly (1993–1996) and two terms in the California State Senate (1996–2004). During his 11 years in the Legislature, he served as Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee, Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Environmental Protection Committee, and Chair of the Assembly Elections Committee. Nominated Governor Schwarzenegger to be Secretary of State in 2005, McPherson served two years in the role.
He was recognized as Legislator of the Year by numerous organizations and foundations, including the California School Boards Association, the California State Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the California Wellness Foundation, and the California Small Business Association. During the past two years, he has been appointed to many distinguished positions, including California Forward—a three-year project funded for $16 million by five foundations. Co-chaired by Leon Panetta and Thomas McKernan, the project’s 13 members are charged with investigating the structural issues that contribute to the state’s partisan stalemates, poor fiscal choices, and inadequate programs. McPherson also serves on the Statewide Leadership Council of Public Policy Institute of California.
Executive Director, Cleantech Open
Rex Northen is Executive Director of the Cleantech Open, the world's largest clean technology business competition. He has led the Cleantech Open since 2009, overseeing the growth of the California-based nonprofit from its Bay Area roots to a national organization with regional operations in Silicon Valley, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis and Boston. He has also directed the establishment of the Global Cleantech Open in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.
Northen is an entrepreneur with a long history of building and managing companies and successful teams, including a diverse range of startups and global corporations. He has product development, management and technical expertise having founded and served as CEO with technology companies both in Europe and the United States. His background includes experience in the design, development and implementation of business automation systems as well as sales, marketing, online marketing, and consulting. Rex holds an M.A. with Honors from Oxford University.
Mayor, San Jose
The Honorable Chuck Reed is currently serving his second term in office as the 64th Mayor of the City of San Jose and is Co-Chair of the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Board of Directors. First elected in 2006, Reed has been committed to improving the quality of life in the city, boosting the public’s trust in local government, and fixing San Jose’s structural budget deficit. He has successfully implemented his Reed Reforms, a comprehensive set of policies that requires greater disclosure from elected officials, toughens restrictions on lobbyists and increases the role of citizens in San Jose government. In 2007, he launched his Green Vision, an ambitious 10-point plan to invigorate the economy and improve the environment over the next 15 years. The Green Vision was unanimously adopted by the City Council and more than 4,000 clean tech jobs have since been created in San Jose.
Reed was re-elected in June 2010 with a landslide 77 percent of the vote. His top priorities during his second term are to bring new jobs to San Jose and implement much-needed fiscal reforms. In 2011, he introduced a comprehensive retirement reform plan to save the city from a fiscal disaster and protect the city’s retirement funds from insolvency. As an attorney who served on more than 20 boards, commissions, committees, and task forces during two decades of civic participation, Reed ran for and won a seat representing District 4 on the City Council in 2000.
Executive Director, ZERO1
Joel Slayton is the Executive Director of ZERO1, an organization that encourages creativity at the intersection of art and technology and produces the ZERO1 Biennial, a major festival celebrating this creative intersection. Slayton took the helm of ZER01 in June of 2008 after serving as a both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural 01SJ Biennial.
An artist, writer and researcher, Slayton is a full tenured professor at San Jose State University, where he is Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media, one of the oldest and most prestigious media art centers in the United States. He also serves on the board of directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology), and was Editor and Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book Series from 1999-2005. Joel’s works have been featured in more than one hundred exhibitions internationally. From 1998-2007 Slayton was president and founder of C5 Corporation, a hybrid form of authorship intersecting research, corporate culture and artistic enterprise.
JAMES L. SWEENEY
Director, Precourt Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
James L. Sweeney is Director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center; Professor of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment. He served as chairman of the Stanford Department of Engineering-Economic Systems and chairman of the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research.
His professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis, particularly in energy, natural resources, and the environment. His research includes depletable and renewable resource use, electricity market analysis, environmental economics, global climate change policy, gasoline market dynamics, energy demand, energy price dynamics, automobile market analysis, and housing market dynamics. At Stanford he has served as Director of the Energy Modeling Forum, Chairman of the Institute for Energy Studies, and Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research (now the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research).
Professor Sweeney periodically serves as a consultant or advisor to corporations, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and law firms. He holds a B.S. degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Engineering Economic Systems. His articles have appeared in numerous books and journals, including Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Resources and Energy, Management Science, Journal of Urban Economics, The Energy Journal, and International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.