T4A.org to host TechTable with Janet Napolitano


July 2, 2014

San Francisco, Calif. – Next week, T4A.org will sit down for our next Offline TechTable with Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California. Napolitano was sworn into her current role in 2013, after serving for four years in the Obama Administration as the Secretary of the Homeland Security. Prior to that role, President Napolitano served as the Governor of Arizona, Attorney General of Arizona, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.

Napolitano has served in a variety of roles but has consistently focused on a few key issues. As Governor of Arizona, she pledged to focus on challenges around “education, children, border control, and the state’s rapid growth rate.” She was successful in many of these areas through accomplishments such as converting a $1 billion deficit to a $300 million surplus without raising taxes, supporting all day kindergarten programs, and pushing for tougher penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants. As Governor, Napolitano also took on gun control, pushing for legislation preventing gun violence among minor. And finally, Napolitano is also known as a pioneer in national security policy. She not only served as the first female Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security but was also one of the first governors to highlight this issue at the state level.

In her current role as President of the UC system, Napolitano faces some new challenges. Recent news articles (see below) show her taking on issues such as the sharing economy, LGBT concerns, campus sexual assault policies, and technology investment.

Based on President Napolitano’s background, here are some of the issues we foresee discussing

  • How to balance privacy concerns with national security concerns
  • Immigration reform
  • Education reform
  • Regulation of the sharing economy
  • Gun control


Awards and Major Accomplishments

  • First female to chair the National Governors Association
  • First female to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Named one of the nation’s top five governors by Time magazine
  • Awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law from the Univ. of Virginia, the school’s highest external honor


Other fun facts: Napolitano was voted Most Likely to Succeed in high school. Her hobbies include basketball, tennis, softball, whitewater rafting and hiking.


  • B.S in Political Science. from Santa Clara University where she was named a Truman Scholar and was also the first female valedictorian
  • J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law
  • Served as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


Recent News

Below are some of the latest news articles featuring President Napolitano:

UC system reviewing employee use of Lyft, Airbnb
Source: The Sacramento Bee

University of California and sharing businesses: Steer clear of peer-to-peer
Source: The Economist

Hillary Clinton’s S.F. stop brings buzz to Napolitano, Granholm
Source: SFGate

UC creates task force to oversee efforts to prevent sexual assault
Source: The Los Angeles Times

UC President Napolitano to create LGBT advisory group
Source: San Francisco Business Times

UC now able to invest in homegrown technology
Source: The Daily Californian


“Biography of President Napolitano.” University of California: Office of the President. Accessed July 2, 2014. http://www.ucop.edu/president/about/index.html.

“Janet Napolitano.” Bio. Accessed July 2, 2014. http://www.biography.com/people/janet-napolitano-20681097.

United States. Department of Homeland Security. Janet Napolitano. Accessed July 2, 2014. http://www.dhs.gov/person/janet-napolitano.

Wikipedia. Last modified July 2, 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/.

About T4A.org

T4A.org is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization, which is creating a network of entrepreneurs committed to redefining the public/private sector relationship. At our TechTables, we bring our Board members together with a “Convening Guest” from the public sector (e.g. member of Congress, U.S. Senator, governor, mayor, thought leader, etc.). It is an educational experience for both sides as the private sector learns about the specific challenges the public sector faces, while the public sector is provided a flow of innovative ideas and solutions from entrepreneurial leaders. Each TechTable ends with a discussion of potential areas of continued partnership and collaboration between our Board and the Convening Guest. We believe that as we develop world-class public/private partnerships, we will help spur creative and collaborative solutions to benefit all Americans.


For more information, contact Sam Kaspick at (415) 321-3385 or sam@t4a.org.