Adding Depth in Entrepreneurial Leadership: Menlo College Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members

ATHERTON, CA. (September 21, 2020) – Menlo College continues to expand its breadth of entrepreneurial leadership with the election of Joe Hurd and Colin O’Malley to the Board of Trustees. Between them, they bring a wealth of experience as successful entrepreneurs; Hurd also trained as a lawyer and served in the Obama administration.

“The leaders of tomorrow are well-aware that entrepreneurship and constant innovation are among the top required skills for successful business practice in the twenty-first century,” said Menlo College President Steven Weiner. “In one of our most popular and growing areas of study and engagement on campus, Joe’s and Colin’s expertise will help Menlo College ensure that our students stay at the forefront of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and leader in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.”

“In an increasingly competitive global economy, greater diversity leads to greater innovation,” said Hurd. “With some of the world’s largest companies located steps from campus, Menlo’s diverse and dynamic student body is a source of talent uniquely positioned to partner together to further inspire innovation in Silicon Valley. I look forward to collaborating on campus with this special community.”

In 2019-2020, Menlo College students organized and hosted the college’s first-ever TedX conference and won the top three prizes at Startup Weekend Monterey Bay. This academic year, Menlo College students once again plan to host the annual Startup Weekend Silicon Valley conference. Menlo College students also participate in the University Innovation Fellows program hosted by Stanford University, bringing global breakthroughs in innovative thinking to campus.

“Menlo has created a thriving, international student body that is ready to take on the world, based right here in Silicon Valley’s backyard,” said O’Malley. “I am excited to roll up my sleeves with this forward-thinking community, including the incredibly talented students and faculty.”

Hurd and O’Malley will begin their four year terms on October 1, 2020. 

About Menlo College

Menlo College was established in 1927. It is a small, private, non-profit, four-year, accredited, residential college located in Atherton, California. Menlo College’s location in Silicon Valley, one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and innovative geographical areas, has enabled the college to create a valuable market niche for its students locally — as well as globally. Menlo College cultivates in its students the skills, integrity, and passion to make meaningful contributions in an innovation economy.

About Joe Hurd

Joe Hurd is a lawyer, entrepreneur and public servant.  Currently, Joe works at SOSV, one of the world’s most active early-stage venture funds, where he leads corporate development for many of the fund’s life sciences, hardware and consumer internet portfolio companies.  He is also a Venture Partner with Good Growth Capital, a female- and minority-led venture fund.  Earlier in his career, Joe led strategic business development and sales teams at Facebook, Gannett, AOL/TimeWarner, Friendster and VideoEgg.  Between 2009 and 2012, Joe served as a senior political appointee in the U.S. Commerce Department during President Obama’s first term, advising Secretaries of Commerce Locke and Bryson on international trade policy.  

In addition to Menlo College, Joe is a director of Goco Group plc (LSE: GOCO), a London-listed financial services, utilities and home services comparison company, and the American Swiss Foundation.  

Joe obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, where he was a member of the varsity swimming team, his master’s in international affairs from Columbia University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

About Colin O’Malley

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:, an enterprise focused on building tools and community to bring attention to 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.