Laurene Powell Jobs, Silicon Valley's richest woman and a Stanford MBA, has been named to the university's board of trustees.
Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder and tech visionary Steve Jobs, has a long-standing interest in education. She founded the nonprofit Emerson Collective, currently working to pass the Dream Act.
She also is president of the board of College Track, an after-school program that helps disadvantaged youths prepare for college, and sits on the board of directors of NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy firm aimed at enhancing public education for low-income students.
She made this year's Forbes Billionaires List with a net worth of $9 billion, making her the world's 13th wealthiest woman. Her husband had largely placed the fortune in trusts before he died Oct. 5, 2011 of pancreatic cancer.
Powell Jobs earned an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business in 1991, where she met her future husband at his lecture to the class, according to biographer Walter Isaacson. She has bachelor's degrees in political science and in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Palo Alto resident has three children.
As a member of the board of trustees, she will share responsibility for setting the direction of the university and ensuring its continued well-being.
Her five-year term begins in October. Other members of the Stanford board include venture capitalists Steven Denning
Contact Lisa M. Krieger at 650-492-4098.