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Drew Starbird Named Senior Fellow at Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Photo of Drew Starbird and Joint Venture Silicon Valley logo

Photo of Drew Starbird and Joint Venture Silicon Valley logo

Joint Venture Silicon Valley Names MOBI's Drew Starbird as Senior Fellow

The Joint Venture of Silicon Valley's Institute for Regional Studies has named MOBI Executive Director Drew Starbird, Ph.D. as a senior fellow, expanding his contributions to the hunger and assistance projects and to other initiatives as well.

Drew Starbird, Ph.D., MOBI executive director and Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business professor of Information Systems and Analytics, has been named as a senior fellow by the Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies. Over recent years Starbird has provided analysis for the Institute’s hunger and assistance projects, including contributing data through an annual Hunger Index Report for the local Silicon Valley communities. As a senior fellow, Starbird will expand the role with these projects as well as working on other initiatives for the Institute.

The Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Students issued a press release to announce Starbird’s appointment on June 10, 2021. In the announcement, Rachel Massaro, vice president and director of research for the Institute commented, “Drew has been a longtime contributor to the research conducted at the Institute and we are thrilled to welcome him as a senior fellow. His contributions and ongoing tracking of food assistance is extremely valuable.”

Additionally, Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture and president of the Institute for Regional Studies stated, “Dean Starbird brings deep domain expertise and an analytical mind to our Institute. His research also has a practical bent, which makes him a tremendous asset to our work.”

Starbird has been executive director for the My Own Business Institute since the free online entrepreneurship education program was gifted to Santa Clara University by founders Phil and Peggy Holland in 2014. He is also a full professor in the Information Systems and Analytics department, teaching a variety of classes in the undergraduate and graduate levels. Starbird also teaches the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI) business elective which brings SCU students together with small business owners from local underserved communities to achieve business goals. 

Starbird is honored to join Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies. As he stated in the press release mentioned above, "The team at Joint Venture is extraordinary. I am looking forward to working with them to make real progress in the fight against hunger in our community."

In addition to his hunger and food assistance research for the Joint Venture of Silicon Valley, Starbird is currently investigating entrepreneurial motivations and tipping points for establishing businesses among first- and second-generation Latino immigrants in Silicon Valley. The research is funded by a grant from the Santa Clara University Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and will be concluded in 2021. 

Among many endeavors, Starbird’s background includes serving as Dean of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business from 2010-2015 as well as interim Dean in 2009. He was the director for the Food & Agribusiness Institute from 1996-2000. He holds a BS from the University of California, Davis, an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Cornell University.


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