Dr. Jaleh Daie

Dr. Jaleh Daie

Managing Partner, Aurora Equity

Inducted in 1996

Jaleh Daie has extensive executive experience in private and public institutions and academia. Jaleh has been both faculty and administrator at two major universities: she joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as professor and senior science advisor for the 26-campus UW system, and before that she was recruited to Rutgers University, where they named her Henry Rutgers fellow and associate professor.

While at the UW-Madison, Jaleh took on special assignments in Washington, D.C. and served as science liaison to the president’s National Science and Technology Council. She was also a special assistant to the chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She held the positions of chairwoman for the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (a consortium of heads of science and engineering societies representing 1.4 million members) and president for the Association for Women in Science.

At Rutgers, Jaleh advanced to full professor and chair of her department–the first woman to be elected to the post. There, she founded and served as chief executive of a major interdisciplinary center, and as director of a university-wide graduate program. Jaleh’s research resulted in numerous publications, especially molecular and cellular physiology of carbohydrate transport and metabolism in plants, as well as numerous invited seminars in the United States and abroad.

Jaleh was the first woman appointed to the board of directors of United States Space Foundation. Her other services include a member of the White House Fellows Selection Panel; treasurer of the Watson, Farley, and Williams Legacy Foundation; board member of Sigma Xi; member of the Leadership Foundation of the International Women Forum; and trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

She was also founder and chair of Women in Science and Technology; member of Commission on Biotechnology and Global Food Security; member of International Advisory Council of the Kilby Foundation; and member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of California at Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the National Women's Museum.

Jaleh is also on the advisory board of Nokia Innovent and Investigen.

Jaleh is a recipient of Teksia’s Lifetime Achievement award and an honorary doctoral degree from the Dominican University of California. She is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Association for Women in Science and was named one of the 25 Smartest Who Makes a Difference and Leaders of Science, among other honors.

Jaleh is managing partner at Aurora Equity, a Palo Alto-based investment company financing technology startups. She is treasurer of the United States Space Foundation and a member of the Band of Angels. Most recently, Jaleh was director of science and senior advisor to the president at the Packard Foundation where she provided executive and technical direction for a $120 million annual budget and managed a diverse portfolio of science and technology.

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