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Judith Kleinberg

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Program Director
Silicon Valley
Judith Kleinberg, an attorney and former Palo Alto Mayor who has led both a tech start-up and award-winning nonprofits, joined Knight Foundation as program director for the San Jose/Silicon Valley region in 2010. Previously, as vice president, COO and general counsel of the Google-created InSTEDD – which harnesses technology for responses to diseases and disasters – Kleinberg oversaw the group’s operations, governance and international business expansion. Prior to that, she worked to strengthen California’s business and technology sectors as both vice president of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and as an executive director of what is now TechAmerica. Over the past decade Kleinberg served as councilwoman and mayor of the City of Palo Alto, during which time she created community-wide initiatives focused on environmental action and disaster planning. She also served as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as president of both the League of California Cities Peninsula Division and the Santa Clara County Cities Association. Kleinberg, who started her career as a private attorney and broadcast television journalist, is a specialist in non-profit law and also has advocated on behalf of the rights of women and children and environmental stewardship as the founder and executive of several award-winning non-profits. She is a past vice president of California Women Lawyers, director of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and chair of America’s Promise – Silicon Valley (now America's Promise Alliance). A native of Providence, Rhode Island, and graduate of the University of Michigan Honors College and the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, where she was a member of the California Law Review, Kleinberg is a senior fellow of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and a member of the Advisory Board of the Humane Society Silicon Valley and Loaves & Fishes family kitchen. In 2009, she was named as both a “Woman of the Year” by the California State Legislature and “One of the 100 Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.