Kim Polese

Kim Polese was elected to the PPIC board of directors in 2011. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who is chair of the consumer finance company ClearStreet, Inc. She was previously CEO of the software company SpikeSource, Inc. Polese made Time Magazine’s list of "The 25 Most Influential Americans” in 1997 after co-founding 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 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 U.S. 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.