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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees has fiduciary responsibility for the governance of Menlo College. In that capacity, the Board oversees and shapes policy. The president and the president’s senior staff are responsible for the implementation of College policy and management of the day-to-day operations.

The trustees are a highly-accomplished, dedicated, and lively group of people who share an uncommon loyalty for, and commitment to, Menlo College. While serving in a voluntary capacity, our trustees make a significant time commitment. Meetings are held over the course of two days, at least three times each year. A summary of the proceedings of the most recent meeting is available here. A strong committee structure provides the framework for the Board to oversee the important functions for which it is responsible. Most committee meetings occur during regularly scheduled Board meetings. Trustees typically serve on two committees.

As stated in the By-Laws, trustees serve terms of three years and may be elected for more than one term. Maintaining an effective Board requires a balance between adequate trustee turnover to gain fresh perspectives, and longevity of service to benefit from experience and institutional memory among its members.

The Board works primarily through committees composed of both trustees and advisors. The committees meet with relevant members of the administration, faculty, and students, and report to the full Board for decisions based on the committees’ recommendations. The established standing committees are Academic and Student Affairs, Audit, Buildings and Grounds, Committee of the Chairs, Development, Executive, Finance, Governance, and Investment. The charters of the committees are available here.

The current members of the Board of Trustees are listed below. To contact a member of the Menlo College Board, please send an email to BOT@Menlo.edu.

Tom Byers
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Tom Byers
Professor, Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Tom Byers focuses on education regarding high-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation. He is the first holder of the Entrepreneurship Professorship endowed chair in the School of Engineering, and is also a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. He has been a faculty director since the inception of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which includes the Mayfield Fellows work/study program for undergraduates and the Entrepreneurship Corner (ECorner) collection of thought leader videos. He is a principal investigator and the director of the Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation to stimulate entrepreneurship education at all USA engineering and science colleges. He is the co-author of Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise published by McGraw-Hill.

He is a past recipient of the prestigious Gordon Prize by the National Academy of Engineering in the USA and Stanford University’s Gores Award, which is its highest honor for excellence in teaching. He has been a member of advisory boards at Harvard Business School, UC Berkeley, World Economic Forum, Conservation International, and several private enterprises.

Alma Clayton-Pedersen
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Dr. Alma Clayton-Pedersen
Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus Consulting Group

Dr. Clayton-Pedersen is CEO of Emeritus Consulting Group, a Chicago-based firm that uses organizational development principles to assist nonprofit, public and education entities in enhancing their efficacy for the public good. Her storied career also includes roles as Vice President for Education and Institutional Renewal and Senior Scholar for the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). She directed AAC&U’s partnership with the Pathways to College Network, which focuses on college access and success for underserved students. At Vanderbilt University, Clayton-Pedersen served in senior administrative roles within student affairs, academic affairs, athletic affairs and Vanderbilt’s public policy center. She also served as a research associate and an assistant professor of the practice in human and organizational development.

During her nearly 35-year career in education, Dr. Clayton-Pedersen has directed projects funded by the BellSouth, Ford, George Gund, James Irvine and Lumina Foundations, as well as the Carnegie Corp of New York, the Lilly Endowment, the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE), the National Science Foundation and the Metropolitan Nashville Government. She served as Secretary of the Unite Way of Middle Tennessee and Vice Chair of Metro Nashville Social Service Commission and has consulted on higher education in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and China.

She advises foundations, businesses, regional consortia and national associations. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and both the M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Andrea Cunningham
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Andrea Cunningham
President and Co-Founder, SeriesC

Andrea (Andy) Cunningham is an entrepreneur at the forefront of marketing, branding, positioning and communicating “The Next Big Thing.” Andy has played a key role in the launch of a number of new categories, including video games; personal computers; desktop publishing; digital imaging; RISC microprocessors; software as a service; very light jets; and clean tech investing. She is an expert in creating and executing marketing, branding and communicating strategies that accelerate growth, increase shareholder value and advance corporate reputation. Andy is the founder and president of Cunningham Collective, a brand strategy firm dedicated to bringing innovation to market. In addition to her role as a trustee of Menlo College, Andy serves on the following boards: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.; Finelite, Inc.; RhythmOne, LLC; The Aspen Institute; Menlo College; Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; and ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network.  Andy graduated from Northwestern University.

Howard Dallmar '74
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Howard Dallmar ’74
Executive Managing Director, Newmark Cornish & Carey, Palo Alto, CA and graduate of Menlo College

Howard “Howie” Dallmar is an Executive Managing Director and partner with Newmark Cornish & Carey. His area of expertise is representing companies and property owners in the acquisition and disposition of office and research and development properties in the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula area. After Menlo College, Mr. Dallmar attended Pepperdine University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, he played professional basketball for three years in Geneva, Switzerland and Melbourne, Australia. He was employed as an account executive for Owens Corning Fiberglass and 3M Company before he began a career in commercial real estate with Cornish & Carey Commercial. “I joined the Board of Menlo College because I wanted to get involved and make a difference at Menlo College on a personal level.”

James A. Davlin
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James A. Davlin
Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, General Motors (Retired)

Jim Davlin led General Motors’ global treasury operations, including capital planning, capital market activities, worldwide banking and pension funding. Mr. Davlin joined GM from Deere & Company, a global leader of agricultural and construction equipment, where he first served as Vice President and Treasurer, and then as Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Davlin has also worked at The Procter & Gamble Company and at Eli Lilly and Company. In addition to his service to Menlo College, Mr. Davlin is a trustee of Wabash College and a member of the Advisory Board for the Duke Center for Finance. Davlin earned his JD from Duke University School of Law, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Wabash College.

Chris Garrett ‘94
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Chris Garrett ‘94
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company

Chris Garrett is founder and CEO of Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, a regional brewing company based in San Carlos, CA. He is a 1994 alumnus of Menlo College with a background in agribusiness, internet technology, beverage manufacturing, sustainability, consumer product goods, design, construction, and stewardship. He has held executive roles in a number of startup internet ventures including Disney Internet Group and RealNames Corporation. Garrett has also partnered with or advised for many companies, including Pure Energy Group, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Golden Star Tea Company, and numerous other green businesses and beverage companies. Garrett currently serves on the board of directors for a material recovery center in Portland, OR.

J. Michael Gullard
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J. Michael Gullard
Managing General Partner, Cornerstone Management

Mike Gullard is the founder and General Partner of Cornerstone Management, a consulting and investment firm specializing in telecommunications and software. He is the Chairman of Planar Systems, Inc. and Dyntek Inc. He is also a director of Selectica, Inc. and Alliance Semiconductor Corporation. Mike has been active in Silicon Valley for over forty years, and has extensive and long-term entrepreneurial management and investment experience in technology companies. He has an AB degree in economics from Stanford University as well as an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Joe Hurd
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Joe Hurd
Independent Director, SilverBox Engaged Merger Corp I (NASDAQ: SBEAU)
Operating Partner, SOSV, LLC

Joe Hurd is a public and non-profit board director, early stage investor and strategic advisor. He
currently serves as an independent director of SilverBox Engaged Merger Corp I (NASDAQ:
SBEAU), a special purpose acquisition company, and recently stepped down as a non-executive
director of GoCo Group plc (LSE: GOCO). He is also on the Menlo College Board of Trustees
(Development Committee), the Computer History Museum Board of Trustees; and the
American Swiss Foundation Board of Directors.

As an operating executive, Joe is the Operating Partner at SOSV, LLC, a $850M early-stage
venture fund, where he leads strategy and business development efforts for the fund’s life
sciences, deep tech hardware and mobile portfolio companies. He is also a Venture Partner for
Good Growth Capital, a female-led venture fund, and advises numerous innovative Silicon
Valley-based pre-seed and seed stage startups on go-to-market strategy, revenue models, and
international expansion, with a particular emphasis on diverse founders.

Joe built his business career leading strategic business development, strategy and sales teams
globally for Facebook, Gannett, and AOL/TimeWarner. During President Obama’s first term
(2009-2012), he served as a senior political appointee in the U.S. Commerce Department.
Currently, he is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations (Membership Committee, Co-
Chair of the Diversity Committee), the Trilateral Commission, and the National Association of
Corporate Directors. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master of International
Affairs from Columbia University, and an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College.

David C. Irmer Sr. '58
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David C. Irmer Sr. ’58
President, Innisfree Companies, Sausalito, CA

David C. Irmer Sr. is the President of Innisfree Companies, a diversified real estate firm he established in 1970 in Sausalito, and a graduate of Menlo College. Irmer’s development projects include Sequoia Station in Redwood City. Before Innisfree, he established and managed General American Development Corporation. He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami, Florida after attending Menlo. Mr. Irmer is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the California Redevelopment Association, and is actively involved in various Chambers of Commerce. “I came away from Menlo understanding that I could do just about anything I set my mind to.”

Micah Kāne '91
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Micah Kāne ’91
Chief Operating Officer, Hawai‘i Community Foundation

Micah Kāne is the CEO of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, where he is responsible for leading the executive team and day-to-day operations of the statewide philanthropic organization.  Kāne served for seven years on HCF’s Board of Governors before transitioning into a management role.   Before serving with HCF, Kāne was the chief operating officer of Pacific Links Hawai‘i, where he was responsible for the company’s Hawai‘i operations and future acquisitions in the islands. Other leadership roles include service as chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.  Kāne also served as a government affairs liaison for the Building Industry Association of Hawai‘i, and traveled throughout the South Pacific helping entrepreneurs start businesses as a business consultant for the Pacific Business Center.  He is on the boards of various community-based organizations, including the Hawai‘i Meth Project, Malama Learning Center, Lanakila Pacific LLC and the March of Dimes. Over the years Kāne has been recognized for various awards, including the Salvation Army Partners in Community Service Award, Hawaiian Leader of the Year Award from the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, Ho‘oulu Leadership Award for Government, Environmental Council Award, Spirit of the Year Award from the Aloha United Way and the Housing Advocate of the Year Award from the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.  Kāne is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Menlo College, and he received his MBA from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Helene Kim
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Helene Kim
Director, Advisory Board Member at Stanford University Global Project Center, Digital Cities

Helene Kim is an international lawyer and management strategy advisor based in San Francisco, and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Management at Menlo College. She received her undergraduate degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Harvard-Radcliff College, and her JD from Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, she worked as a management strategy consultant for McKinsey Asia and as a business lawyer for Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, then served as founding Executive Director of International & Executive Education and Lecturer in Residence at the University of California Berkeley. Currently, she serves as a Director and Advisory Board Member of the Digital Cities research center at Stanford University. Her community service includes roles as a founding member of the Seoul-San Francisco Sister City Committee; former Board Chair of the Korean Center; San Francisco Day School volunteer; and Harvard Schools Committee Interviewer for San Francisco.

Jordan Long ’09
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Jordan Patrick Long ‘09
Sales Representative with Famous Software, LLC

Jordan Long ’09 is an Sales Representative with Famous Software, LLC. who specializes in providing integrated accounting, inventory and management software solutions to thousands of leading agriculture and fresh produce grower, packer, shipper and brokerage enterprises worldwide. Before Famous, he was an an Architectural and Design Representative with Bedrosians Tile and Stone who specializes in working with developers, architects, and designers to specify material for large scale commercial projects throughout the United States. While attending Menlo College, Jordan majored in Marketing Communications with a focus on business, and was a student-athlete on the football team. He exceeded both athletically and academically, and was named the Collis Steere Award winner as well as the ’09 class valedictorian. His achievements at Menlo College helped translate into a successful working career. “The education I received at Menlo has made me the person I am today,” said Long. “I learned to see all aspects of business while understanding that the key to being successful is creating key relationships and learning something new every day.” With his positive experience at Menlo College, Jordan believes it is of the utmost importance to give back to his alma mater.

Larry Lopez ‘84
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Larry Lopez ‘84
Partner, Australian Venture Consultants
Larry Lopez is a partner at Australian Venture Consultants (AVC), a non-executive director of Jolimont Global Mining Systems, one of the founders of ANZA Technology Network, and a director of both ZAP Technology Ltd. and SayBubble. He has held various positions in international and corporate banking at Bank of the West and the Pacific Bank, and was with Silicon Valley Bank for 17 years. Lopez is currently an active member in his local community in Australia, where he serves on a number of non-profit charity boards and initiatives. Lopez is the son of Carlos Lopez, the 7th President of Menlo College. His great-great-great-grandfather was Faxon Atherton, for whom the town of Atherton is named. After Lopez graduated from Menlo College, he graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Roxane Marenberg
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Roxane Marenberg
Roxane Marenberg completed law school at the University of Baltimore after completing her undergraduate degree at American University. She then obtained her Master of Laws (LLM) at American University. She began her career with the US Department of Justice as a staff attorney with the Board of Immigration Appeals, and then became a trial attorney with the Criminal Division. Thereafter, she was Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia. Marenberg subsequently joined the Washington-based law firm of Akin Gump as a partner, where she worked as a partner for almost 14 years before moving to DLA Piper, also in the position of partner. She refocused her career on business ethics when she moved to the Bay Area, where her roles have included serving as Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Global Compliance Enablement at Cisco, Director, Business Ethics & Compliance for eBay, and currently, as Chief Compliance Officer at Marvell Technology Company.

Zoanne Nelson
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Zoanne Nelson
Chief Strategy Officer and AVP, Strategy and Program Management, University of California Office of the President (UCOP)

With its tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service, the University of California encompasses ten campuses, five medical centers, and three national labs. It serves 273,000 students, with an annual budget of $36 billion. UCOP is the headquarters of the University, managing its fiscal and business operations, and supporting the academic, research and public service mission. Nelson is responsible for providing strategic guidance, decision making, resource planning, policy development, and organizational design analyses for the UC system and UCOP.

Since joining UCOP in 2012, Nelson has also served as Chief of Staff to the CFO, and Program Director for a system-wide program that redirects $200 million annually to teaching, research and public service through strategic procurement. She was previously Associate Director of the UC San Francisco Program Management Office, where she led the implementation of several finance, procurement, research, and HR systems. Before relocating to the west coast, Nelson lived and worked in Washington D.C. and abroad for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she led projects worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She holds an M.B.A. in International Development from American University and B.S. degrees in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Delaware.

Colin O’Malley
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Colin O’Malley
Founder, Lucid Privacy Group

Colin O’Malley has leveraged his information security privacy background to launch and lead several companies. In 2013, he founded Lucid Privacy Group, which guides startups and marketing technology companies. He continues to serve as the Principal of the company today.

He also founded or co-founded two other companies in the past decade: Briefly.co, an enterprise focused on building tools and community to bring attention on content most likely to draw attention; and Evidon, a privacy compliance and data control company. He raised $20M in funding, built a multimillion dollar revenue line, created several new markets, and customer relationships with companies like WPP, Publicis, Dentsu, AmEx, Bank of America, Adobe, P&G, and Ford. His prior positions include VP of Strategic Partnerships and Programs at TRUSTe, where he helped secure an A round with Accel Partners, and CEO of Vocab Vitamins. He has also served in advisory roles for many technology companies, including Tapad, Datacoup, and First Growth Venture Network. He was also a trustee of Live Oak School in San Francisco.

Colin O’Malley is a 1999 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he was a Posse Scholar.

Fran Schulz ’85
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Fran Schulz ’85
Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young

Fran Schulz ’85 is an assurance partner at Ernst & Young in the Life Sciences Practice.  Her clients include both public life sciences companies and emerging private life sciences companies. Over the course of her career, she has played a key role in helping companies work through the details of collaboration agreements, corporate spin-offs, reorganizations, and mergers and acquisitions, and has had personal involvement in over fifty public stock offerings. Her extensive experience with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) stems from her work with numerous public companies. She is on the board of directors of Women in Bio and the California Life Sciences Association. Her community service includes her role as a member of the Executive Leadership Team of American Heart Association Annual Research Roundtable. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of CPAs, Women Business Leaders. Fran is a 1985 Menlo College graduate.

Shireen Udenka
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Shireen Udenka
Shireen Udenka spent her early years in the Philippines, Iran, and Nigeria. She came to the United States to attend college and completed her bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University. She subsequently earned her CPA and worked as a senior auditor for Hood & Strong, a public accounting firm with offices in San Francisco and San Jose. Udenka is currently the Global Controller for Business for Social Responsibility, an international nonprofit organization with a network of more than 250 companies that aims to build a sustainable world through the development of business strategies. She is co-chairwoman of the CalCPA East Bay Chapter Scholarship Committee, and a volunteer mentor through the AICPA mentorship program.

Benjamin (Ben) Wagner
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Benjamin (Ben) Wagner
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

At Gibson Dunn, Wagner handles government investigations, criminal white collar defense and civil litigation, and investigations in the technology sector. His extensive experience involves the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) and the False Claims Act (FCA), as well as mortgage fraud, securities and investment fraud, health care fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, government contracting fraud, and environmental crime.

Appointed by President Obama, Wagner served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California from 2009 through 2016. In that position, he oversaw a team of 90 attorneys. He served for three years on Attorney General Eric Holder’s Advisory Committee, where he worked with DOJ leadership on developing national law enforcement policy. He also served as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee. Wagner also co-chaired the Mortgage Fraud Working Group of the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District from 1992 to 2009, he litigated financial crimes, tax evasion, health care fraud, and domestic terrorism. From 2000 to 2009, he was Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit, where he supervised a team of prosecutors concentrating on major federal crimes. He graduated in 1986 from New York University School of Law.

Emeritus Trustees

The appointment as Menlo College Trustee Emeritus is reserved for former trustees who have demonstrated significant contributions to the college and the community.

 John Henry Felix ‘49John Henry Felix ‘49

John Henry Felix exemplifies the values and skills Menlo College aspires to inculcate in its graduates. His distinguished career over five decades encompassed roles as an entrepreneur and corporate executive, as well as government service, labor relations, diplomacy, education, and community service. This service included nine years as a member of the Menlo College Board of Trustees, from 1995 to 2004.

A native of Hawaii, Dr Felix is an alumnus of Menlo College, Harris Manchester College (MA) and Walden University (PhD). He has written seven books. He is currently chair, president and CEO of HMAA, a health insurance company.  He represents the governments of Portugal and Spain in Hawaii as honorary consul, is a former dean of the Consular Corps of Hawaii and is the recipient of several prestigious decorations from the governments of Portugal and Spain. Dr Felix is also the recipient of the highest honors from the American Red Cross (Harriman Award, 1976) and the International Red Cross (Henri Dunant Medal, 1983). He received the 2009 Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding community and public service.

Julie FilizettiJulie Filizetti

Julie Filizetti served as a Menlo College Trustee from 2008 to 2014, and as Board Chair from 2010 to 2014. Dr. Filizetti current role as Vice President at Isaacson, Miller following 16 years in higher education administration. Her prior roles include Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and as a fellow of the American Council on Education. She also spent 12 years as a naval officer, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Dr. Filizetti is a graduate of both Leadership Monterey Peninsula and Leadership California and is an active member of the San Benito County Community Foundation. She holds an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Villanova University and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Charles J. Keenan, III ‘66Charles J. Keenan, III ‘66

Charles J. Keenan, III, known as “Chop” to his friends and business associates, attended Menlo Junior College and Menlo School of Administration. He launched his career with the real estate developer Richard C. Price. The experience brought him to land development for homebuilders. In 1984, Mr. Keenan became a major player with the purchase of assets from Ponderosa Homes Northern California. The lots were later joint-ventured with Ponderosa Homes, a newly created homebuilding company, and Keenan Land Company continued to expand. Partnerships were formed in the fields of office development, retail, and hotel properties, and many of those partnerships still exist today. Mr. Keenan is a staunch supporter of many charitable causes and events in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. In 2007, Mr. Keenan received the Tall Tree Award for Businessman of the Year by Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, he was inducted into the Developer Hall of Fame by the NAIOP. He served on the Menlo College Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2016.

T. Geir Ramleth ‘87T. Geir Ramleth ‘87

T. Geir Ramleth is the President and Board Member of PIX System, and the owner of GeirHeads. He is also an Executive Fellow with Dartmouth College’s Center for Digital Strategies.

Mr. Ramleth has held leadership positions for a variety of companies in the technology and communications sector, both domestically and internationally. From 2002 to 2013, he was senior vice president and chief information officer of Bechtel Group, Inc. Also while at Bechtel, he served as President and CEO of Genuity, a Bechtel Enterprises company. He left Bechtel to co-found Octoblu, a company that was later acquired by Citrix. Coincident with the acquisition, Mr. Ramleth joined Citrix to serve as Chief Strategy Officer, Workspace Services SVP & GM. Other leadership roles include positions with Oracle, PageMart, PacTel Personal Communications, and DigiPlex S.A.

After serving as a Menlo College Trustee from 2011 to 2018, and as Board chair between 2014 and 2018, Mr. Ramleth was elected as Trustee Emeritus in 2019.

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