SnapDNA announces Jaleh Daie as a board member
June 2, 2016

Women in Technology Hall of Famer and recipient of a US Congressional Citation, Dr. Jaleh Daie is a multifaceted and strategic leader with extensive board and executive experience in private and public sectors.  A noted plant biologist and leading agriculture/food expert, Jaleh understands capital markets and has global and cultural acumen (collaborations in eight countries and global speeches including the Biotech Distinguished Speaker in South Africa and Distinguished Visitor Speaker in Australia. She has had the honor of serving the administrations of three Presidents and has been quoted/interviewed by major media (ABC, CBS, PBS, NY Times, SV Business Journal, SF Chronicle, Science, and The Scientist). Jaleh has extensive board experience, delivering: insight, foresight and oversight. She has served as board chairman, on executive committees, treasurer, chair of nomination and investment committees and Gala Chair. Her recent board service includes SnapDNA, A6 Corp, Nokia Innovent, Investigen, Linkore, LightFull Foods, Selection Panel for the White House Fellows (under two Presidents); President of the Association for Women in Science and chairman of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, CRDF Global; Commonwealth Club of California; Treasurer and life director of US Space Foundation; Dean’s Council at UC-Davis College of Agriculture.

Currently, Jaleh is managing partner at Aurora Equity, investing in early stage start-ups across a broad range of technologies, resulting in attractive ROI in the first 10 years. Previously, Jaleh was head of science at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation (the largest foundation then) where she managed a diversified portfolio with $120 million annual budget. She has served as science liaison to the President’s National Science & Technology Council (cabinet level body) working across all federal S&T agencies. She made contributions to Presidential initiatives including food safety and served as special assistant to Chief Scientist at NOAA.

Jaleh began her career at Rutgers University and UW-Madison (over 20 years).

In academia she was professor (achieved rank of professor in six years); senior science advisor to the President (26 campus UW System); department chair; initiated and led spin off of new multidisciplinary unit and served as its chief executive, and was founding director of a university-wide graduate program. In addition to running an internationally recognized research operation, at one point Jaleh was managing three independent operations–for one of which she was the conceptual architect and another was the outcome of her initiating and driving the strategic integration and consolidation of several legacy units.

Examples of Jaleh’s honors are: Life Science Queensland Ambassador, Honorary Naval Aviator, Teksia Lifetime Achievement Award; Honorary Doctorate; Fellow (American Association for the Advancement of Science and AWIS); “25 Smartest Who Make a Difference” and The Scientist’s “Leaders of Science”.