Dennis Donohue, Salinas Mayor & President, Royal Rose LLC

Dennis Donohue, Former Salinas Mayor & President, Royal Rose LLC

John Hartnett, President & Founder, Silicon Valley Gateway, ITLG & IIC

John Hartnett, President & Founder, SVG Partners, ITLG & IIC









Board of Directors

Luis Alvarez, Principal, Alvarez Technology

Margaret D’Arrigo, VP of Community Development, Taylor Farms

Dennis Donohue, President, Royal Rose LLC | Board Chair

Dr. Willard Lewallen, President, Hartnell College

Richard A. Moran, President, Menlo College

Chris Steinbruner, Partner, Steinbruner-Hill CPAs and CFO, Madison Farms, LLC | Board Secretary & Treasurer


Founding Steinbeck Innovation Committee

In its early development, the Steinbeck Innovation Foundation strategically engaged with government, business, nonprofit, and financial stakeholders to hone our model and build our community of supporters. We are deeply grateful to the following individuals for their early support of the Steinbeck Innovation concept.

Jeff Weir, Salinas Economic Development Director

Elizabeth Martinez, Library Director, City of Salinas

Brian Kimura, Faculty Member, San Jose State University

Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, President, CSUMB

Melissa Whatley, Assistant Director, Government Relations (Representing George Blumenthal, UCSC Chancellor)

James Lugg, Consultant

Kurt Gollnick, Senior Vice President and COO, Scheid Vineyards

Michael Groves, Principal, EMC

Norm Groot, Executive Director, Monterey County Farm Bureau

Patrick Mathews, General Manager, Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority (SVSWA)

Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez, Faculty, Naval Postgraduate School, Homeland Security

Bill Tebbe, Sr. VP, Rabobank

Simon Salinas, Supervisor, Monterey County Board of Supervisors

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