• Board of Directors

    Mike Love
    Chair of the Board
    Microsoft
    Mike Love is a Director of Engineering and 15 year veteran at Microsoft Silicon in Silicon Valley. He manages teams of Silicon Design Engineers delivering custom microchips for Microsoft products including Xbox One and Hololens. Mike holds a BASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada.
    Prior to serving as Chair of the Board, Mike served on the Chamber Executive Committee as Secretary, and chaired the Chamber's "EPIC" young professionals meetup group which he helped grow from a few hundred participants to over 800 in 2018.    
    Judy Kleinberg
    CEO/President
    Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
    President & CEO

    Judy, a former Mayor of Palo Alto, is a business law attorney with experience in startups, high tech, media, nonprofits and government relations. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2014, she directed local grantmaking for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation focused on civic innovation and social entrepreneurship. Previously she helped launch a Google.org-supported, mobile technology nonprofit for humanitarian response, was VP of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and an Exec. Director of TechAmerica.  
    An honors graduate of the Univ. of Michigan and Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law where she was a member of the Law Review, Judy taught business law for over 10 years and was a legal and consumer affairs reporter for Bay area TV. She has been named a “Woman of the Year” by the California Legislature and a “Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

    Charlie Weidanz
    Chair-elect and Secretary
    Abilities United
    CEO/President
    Charlie joined Abilities United as the CEO in 2014. He has a 30 year history as a successful nonprofit leader. As a senior executive, primarily with the YMCA, he has served across the country in a variety of communities, from the Bay Area to New York. He brings deep experience in leading boards and creating a collaborative organizatoinal culture that drives results. His varied skills include financial management, fund development, program creation and staff development - all with the theme of "service to others."
    Jon Goldman
    Vice-Chair; Chair of the Government Action Committee
    Premier Properties
    Co-president, Owner
    Jon is Co-President and Owner of Premier Property Management, the leading developer, property manager and broker of commercial property in downtown Palo Alto since 1982. He is a highly experienced Real Estate Broker with 10+ years of success in all phases of commercial real estate including development, leasing, sales, construction management, property management, financial analysis and expert witness testimony, and is a strategic advisor to a number of technology companies.
              Jon is an active community volunteer, serving on the board of Racing Hearts, and a key supporter of Project Cornerstone (Redwood City schools), Lucile Packard Children's  Hospital Men's Auxiliary Affiliate, and the City of Palo Alto Microenterprise Assistance Program. Jon is a Senior Fellow of the Chamber's Leadership Palo Alto program.
    Nikki James
    Treasurer
    Opes Advisors: Nikki James
    Nikki James is a Personal Finance Advisor and Mortgage Advisor with Opes Advisors in Palo Alto. She has over 25 years of experience in Real Estate and Real Estate Finance, and excels in helping clients make smart,  strategic real estate financing decisions, whether purchasing, refinancing, remodeling or building a new home. She has more than 25 years of experience in financial services and specializes in residential and new construction financing, and consistently ranks in the top 1% of mortgage loan professionals nationwide.
    Previously she was a Private Mortgage Banker for a large national bank and a Branch Manager for a Fortune 500 mortgage company.

    Nikki brings her wealth of financial expertise to the Chamber as our Treasurer and is a member of our Executive Committee.
    Peter Stone
    Past Chair of the Board
    Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation
    Peter is a practicing attorney in the Palo Alto office of Hopkins & Carley, the premiere regional Silicon Valley law firm. Hopkins & Carley has been meeting the legal needs of high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners, and growth and midsize companies in a variety of industries for over 40 years. Peter practices in the Corporate, Tax & Business Transactions department, representing entrepreneurs, emerging companies and investors.
    Shweta Bhatnagar
    Director
    Stanford University
    Associate Director, Community Relations
    Shweta Bhatnagar is the Associate Director of Community Relations at Stanford University where she serves as a primary contact and liaison between Stanford and community organizations, government officials, and businesses in and around Stanford. She has held public affairs positions in government, and was a staff assistant to elected officials. She has a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University and is an Honors College graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
    Matt Dolan
    Director
    Homewood Suites by Hilton Palo Alto
    General Manager
    Matt has been a General Manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton since 2007 and helped develop and open the Homewood Suites in Palo Alto, Hilton's upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand. With a degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University and currently a Masters candidate in International Business, Matt brings deep expertise in management to our Board of Directors, including operational and best practices to achieve established revenue, expense and service standard goals. 
        Matt is an active volunteer with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Abilities United, as well as being a member of the Rotary Club of Palo Alto.
    Janaki Kumar
    Director
    Haufe Discovery (SAP)
    VP, Design Evangelist, Office of the CDO

    Janaki Kumar is the VP and Head of Design and Co-Innovation Center in SAP Labs Palo Alto. She is passionate about delivering innovation by combining business and technology strategy with customer experience design. She is a thought leader in nurturing creative cultures in organizations, and design in the enterprise.  Under her leadership, the team has won multiple design awards. 

    She is the co-author of the book, Gamification at Work – Designing Engaging Business Software. She was a speaker at a TEDx conference in 2014. She has authored 20 intellectual property patent applications of innovative user experiences. Janaki has a Masters in Information Systems from Boston University, and was in the Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University. 

    Craig Lewis
    Director
    Clean Coalition
    Executive Director
    Craig Lewis is Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Coalition, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid. He has 20+ years of experience in the renewables, wireless, semiconductor and banking industries. His résumé includes senior government relations, corporate development and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor and banking companies.
    He holds an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.
    Bob McGrew
    Director; Government Action Committee Member
    Palantir Technologies, Inc.
    Advisor

    Bob McGrew is an engineer and entrepreneur who joined Palantir as the second engineer, and led both engineering and product development over ten years. He currently serves as an advisor to Palantir and has joined OpenAI to help develop robotic technology.  Bob is also the Vice Chair of the Palo Alto Transportation Management Association, where he helps develop programs to encourage alternatives to driving for employees in the downtown area. Prior to Palantir, Bob was a doctoral student at Stanford studying security, privacy, and game theory. He had previously worked as a software engineer at PayPal.
     

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