Palo Alto resident and education reform leader Laurene Powell Jobs has been elected to the Stanford University Board of Trustees, the university announced Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Powell Jobs, who earned a Stanford MBA in 1991, will begin a five-year Stanford board term Oct. 1.
The widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, Powell Jobs long has been active in education reform and social justice issues.
"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," Stanford board chair Steven A. 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 is the founder and chair of the Emerson Collective, which supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in education, social justice and conservation. Recently the group has worked to help pass the Dream Act, federal legislation to create a path for undocumented students to earn citizenship.
She is also board president of College Track, an after-school program she cofounded in 1997 to prepare underserved high school students for success in college. The program, which began in East Palo Alto, now serves students in Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Aurora, Colo.
Powell Jobs, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, also serves on the boards of NewSchools Venture Fund and Conservation International. She also has served on the board of Teach for America.
Before coming to Stanford, she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Earlier in her career she worked in investment banking and later founded a natural foods company.