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- May 6, 2022

Barbara Gross: She's spent her career bringing businesses and nonprofits together

by Chris Kenrick

Barbara Gross, a longtime resident of Portola Valley, has used her business ventures to support local nonprofits. While general manager of the Garden Court Hotel for 15 years, she hosted numerous charitable events at the Palo Alto venue. She has been an instrumental member of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, serving on the group's board of directors, government action council and downtown marketing committee. She helped form the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association and was among those who orchestrated the formation of a public-private partnership between the association and city to renovate Lytton Plaza. Organizations, including the Stanford Health Library, the Community Breast Health Project, Palo Alto Partners in Education, Palo Altans for Government Effectiveness (PAGE), East Palo Alto elementary schools and the Peninsula Stroke Association, have all benefited from Gross' leadership. Gross was honored in 2005 with the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Athena Award for providing valuable service to the community.

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