Kim Polese, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, is chair of the consumer finance company ClearStreet, Inc. She was previously CEO of the software company SpikeSource, Inc. She made Time Magazine’s list of the 25 Most Influential Americans in 1997 after cofounding the software company Marimba, Inc. She also worked at Sun Microsystems—where she was the founding product manager of Java, the technology that brought interactivity to the Web—and IntelliCorp, Inc. She serves on the PPIC Higher Education Center Advisory Council
and has been a member of PPIC’s board of directors
since 2011. She is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and serves on the boards of TechNet, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Long Now Foundation, and the Global Security Institute. The US secretary of commerce appointed her to the new Innovation Advisory Board, which is guiding a study of national economic competitiveness. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and studied computer science at the University of Washington.