• Board of Directors

    Erin McDermit
    Chair 2017
    Shuman Snyder LLP.
    Attorney At Law

    Erin McDermit, provides the board with advice in her area of expertise - employment law. Erin is an attorney with the employment law firm Shuman Snyder LLP. Erin has been and continues to be a great resource for the chamber in building HR best practices. She especially enjoys participating in the annual Festival of the Arts by volunteering in the chamber booth.

    Mike Love
    Chair Elect and Secretary 2017
    Microsoft
    Mike Love is a Director of Engineering and 14 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. Mike is the Board Secretary, Chair-elect and member of the Executive Committee, and chairs the Chamber's "EPIC" young professionals meetup group.    
    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.
    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.

    Peter Stone
    Immediate Past Chair (2016); Vice Chair Gov't Action
    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.
    Janaki Kumar
    Director
    Haufe Discovery
    VP, Head of Design

    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. 

    Michele Lew
    Director, GAC Comm. member
    Stanford Health Care
    Local Government & Community Relations Director
    Michele Lew, a Palo Alto native and resident, became Director of Local Government and Community Relations at Stanford Health Care in June 2016.  
    Previously she served for 11 years as President and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) serving the Asian community in Santa Clara County.

    Before AACI, Lew was district director for then state Sen. Joe Simitian. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, and UCLA on education issues. 
     
    The Silicon Valley Business Journal named her a “Silicon Valley Power Executive” in 2016 and one of the “40 under 40” rising stars of Silicon Valley in 2008. She holds a BA in economics from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
    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, GAC Comm. 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.
     

    Jeffery Phillips
    Past Chair 2015
    Garden Court Hotel
    Community Ambassador

    Jeffery is the former General Manager and current Community Ambassador of the Garden Court Hotel. He joined Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in January 2012 and served as 2015 Board Chair. Proud alumnus of the Leadership Palo Alto Class of 2013. Jeffery was honored to receive the 2012 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award from the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce for his commitment to the continued growth of the organization. Currently, Jeffery serves on the Palo Alto Transportation Management Association Board of Directors and lives in downtown Palo Alto with his constant companion, his dog Bella.

    Charlie Weidanz
    Director
    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."
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