Even though her husband was known for being a visionary in the world of technology, Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, has always set out to make a difference in educational policy. Her next big assignment will be to serve a 5-year term on the Stanford University board of trustees.
Both Laurene and Steve Jobs had strong ties to Stanford University before Steve’s passing. Laurene received her MBA from Stanford in 1991, where she met Steve Jobs though he never attended the university. Steve Jobs also gave his famous commencement address at Stanford’s 2005 graduation ceremony, and their son is currently attending the school as well.
Starting on October 1st, Laurene Jobs will join the board that currently lists 32 others, including former Apple Retail VP Ron Johnson, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, and VCs like Steven Denning and Bruce Dunlevie.
Laurene has a strong background working in education. She founded Emerson Collective, which is a non-profit that supports social entrepreneurs and others in education. She’s also president of the board of College Track, an after-school program that helps disadvantaged youth get into college and develop habits to complete their education.