• Board of Directors

    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.
    Judith Kleinberg
    Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce

    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 Phillips
    Past Chair 2015
    Garden Court Hotel
    General Manager

    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. 

    Mike Love
    Chair Elect and Secretary 2017
    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. For the chamber Mike chairs the EPIC young professionals group.    
    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.

    Bob McGrew
    Palantir Technologies, Inc.

    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.

    Susan Graf
    S. Graf Ltd.
    Susan Graf, a savvy retailer who joined the Chamber Board in 2016, has built a reputation internationally for dressing women and men in stylish, comfortably chic clothing.  Her first store opened in 1987 in Bern, Switzerland, where she developed an eye for European styling.  In 1998, she opened Susan Graf, Ltd. in Healdsburg in the heart of Sonoma’s wine country, and in 2013 she expanded her successful, upscale business to Palo Alto’s bustling downtown at the corner of Hamilton and High Street.
    Charlie Weidanz
    Abilities United
    Janaki Kumar
    SAP Labs, LLC
    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
    Shweta Bhatnagar
    Stanford University
    Associate Director, Community Relations
    Craig Lewis
    Director 2017-
    Clean Coalition
    Executive Director
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