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Former Yahoo exec named to Stanford trustees

Srinija Srinivasan, Yahoo's fifth employee, is active Stanford volunteer, donor

Srinija Srinivasan, a 1993 graduate of Stanford University who joined Yahoo in 1995 as its fifth employee, has been named to the university's board of trustees.

Srinivasan, who stepped down as Yahoo's vice president and editor-in-chief in 2010, has been an active university volunteer and also has supported the arts, athletics and undergraduate education, including establishing the Srinivasan Family Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. (Her two siblings also graduated from Stanford.)

She co-founded Loove, a startup in Brooklyn, N.Y., aimed at creating and promoting a new model for production, presentation and equitable distribution of music.

She has homes in both Palo Alto and New York City.

"We are elated to welcome Srinija to the Board of Trustees," said board Chair Steven Denning. "She brings a unique combination of entrepreneurial experience in both technology and the arts that will be very beneficial to our board and our deliberations."

At Yahoo, Srinivasan oversaw network editorial standards and original content development, guided the company's corporate responsibility arm and directed policy issues, including privacy and data use, advertising standards, youth safety, community guidelines and accessibility.

A symbolic systems major at Stanford, she was involved with the Cyc project, an artificial intelligence effort to build a database of "human commonsense knowledge," before she joined Yahoo, according to a university press release.

She also chaired the board of SFJAZZ for six years throughout the planning and campaign for the new SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, which opened last year.

In 2010 she was appointed to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, which elects and honors Presidential Scholars, a group of graduating high school seniors of exceptional talent and commitment to public service. Srinivasan herself was selected as a Presidential Scholar in 1989.

She is also a 2000 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

— Palo Alto Weekly Staff

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