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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
He holds an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.
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 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.