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State of the Valley
Silicon Valley's economy is roaring back, how do we all benefit? Russell Hancock, Stanford PhD and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley explains how this region became the world's hub for innovation and venture capital, current hot trends, threats and also what individuals, the region and California needs to do to avoid disaster and flourish.
About Russell Hancock, CEO and President of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
Russell Hancock is President & CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a group of government and business leaders tackling regional problems. Dr. Hancock brings both analytical and policy experience to his position, which he has held since 2003. Educated at Harvard in the field of government, he also holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, where he published in the fields of industrial policy and regional planning. He currently holds an appointment at Stanford as a Lecturer in the Public Policy Program, and teaches courses about California state government and politics.
Russell has managed political campaigns, and worked as a policy analyst for the City of San Jose. In 1995 he began a five year stint as Vice President of the Bay Area Council, where he led programs in transportation, housing, and air quality. He spearheaded the Council's efforts extending BART to the San Francisco Airport; he was also the project manager of the Bay Area Water Transit Initiative, which culminated in the formation of a new Bay Area Water Transit Authority charged with delivering a high-speed ferry system to the San Francisco Bay.
In 2000 Dr. Hancock returned to Stanford to become the inaugural director of the Shorenstein Forum for Asia-Pacific Studies, Stanford's gathering place for ranking officials, senior executives, journalists, and scholars who shape outcomes in the Pacific Rim. In addition to the research output of the Forum, he built up corporate programs, established international fellowships, and generated public events featuring a stream of presidents and ministers.
Russell has served on the boards on the Advisory Councils of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD). He currently serves on the board of the Sustainable Silicon Valley Foundation, the Steinway Society, and New California Network, an organization tackling fiscal and governance issues.
In private life Russell resides in Palo Alto with his wife and three children. He is married to Marguerite Gong Hancock, who is Associate Director of Stanford's Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE). He serves as a member of the Stake Presidency in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a volunteer position; he is also a concert pianist, performing with civic orchestras in the region, nationally, and abroad.