Laurene Powell Jobs to Join Stanford’s Board of Trustees

Steve Jobs’ widow has a long association with the university—it’s where she famously met her husband.


Laurene Powell Jobs has been elected to the Stanford University Board of Trustees, the university announced Wednesday.  Her five-year term begins Oct. 1.

Steven A. Denning, who became chair of the Board of Trustees in July, said he was very pleased that Powell Jobs is joining the board.

"Her familiarity with Stanford, combined with extensive experience with and powerful commitment to supporting social entrepreneurs and organizations working on behalf of underserved students, will greatly strengthen the board," Denning said. "Her work to improve and augment K-12 education and work with disadvantaged students in East Palo Alto, Oakland and other communities around the nation is an inspiration to us all, as is her active role in conservation and environmental issues globally."

Powell Jobs’ involvement in the field of eduction is extensive.

-She is the founder and chair of Emerson Collective, which supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in the areas of education, social justice and conservation.

-She also serves as president of the board of College Track, an after-school program she co-founded in 1997 to prepare underserved high school students for success in college.

-She serves on the board of directors of NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm dedicated to transforming public education for low-income students.

Powell Jobs lends her time to other efforts, serving on the board of directors of Conservation International, and she’s an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Powell Jobs earned bachelor's degrees in political science and in economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985, and earned an MBA in 1991 at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. She met Steve Jobs when he spoke to one of her classes.

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