Dr. Jaleh Daie’s versatile career spans academia, foundations, business, NGOs and government. Currently, she is Managing Partner at Aurora Equity, a Palo Alto-based company investing in start-up companies. She is also a member of the Band of Angels. Prior to this she was the head of science at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, providing executive and technical direction for a $120 million annual budget funding a diversified science and technology portfolio including the coveted Packard Science and Engineering Fellowships.
A noted biologist, Dr. Daie started her career in academia. At the University of Wisconsin she was professor and senior science advisor for the UW System. At Rutgers University she was named Henry Rutgers Fellow, achieved rank of full professor in six years, was elected chairman of her department (first woman in her field), founded and serve as chief executive of a major interdisciplinary center as well as director of a university-wide graduate program. While at UW she took special assignment in Washington, DC and served as science liaison to the President's National Science & Technology Council. She worked on Presidential initiatives and served as special assistant to the Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Dr. Daie has served on many civic and corporate boards, including treasurer at the U.S. Space Foundation and the Legacy Foundation and the finance committee of Sigma Xi. She is on the Selection Panel for the White House Fellows, and was elected chairman of the board of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents as well as president/chairman of the Association for Women in Science. Her other engagements include Trustee of the World Affairs Council , advisor to Nokia/Innovent, Investigen, Linkore, LightFull Foods, the Commonwealth Club of California, Dean’s Advisory Council at UC-Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and National Women’s Museum, among many others.
Dr. Daie was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Women in Technology International, delivered the 2007 Distinguished Speaker Series in South Africa, received Teksia’s Lifetime Achievement Award and an honorary doctorate from the Dominican University. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Women in Science. Her other honors include “25 Smartest Who Make a Difference”, The Scientist’s list of “Leaders of Science”. A frequent speaker and keynoter, Dr. Daie has written numerous research scholarly papers in top journals and many op-eds and commentaries on education, R&D gender, technical workforce and policy issues. Dr. Daie has been an unfailing national presence and tireless advocate for full participation of girls and women in science and technology and a mentor and role model to many young people as they pursue science and technology education and careers.