Judy is a business law attorney with experience in startups, high tech, media, nonprofits and government. She joined the Chamber in 2014 and set a vision for creating a 21st century Chamber of Commerce, with expanded government advocacy work specifically focused on Palo Alto’s unique demographic of global businesses and small and retail enterprises, and introduced programs for nonprofits and women in business.
Jeffery is the General Manager of the Garden Court Hotel and has been with the hotel since 2007. He joined Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in January 2012 and served as 2015 Board Chair. Proud alumni 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 and works in downtown Palo Alto with his dog Bella, who goes to work with him every day.
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.
Bob McGrew joined Palantir as the second engineer, and led both engineering and product development over ten years. He currently serves as an advisor to Palantir. 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.
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.