Steve Jobs’ widow also a guest at SOTU

It turns out Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger of San Francisco won’t be the only Bay Area guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at tonight’s State of the Union address: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ widow will be there, too, the White House announced this morning.

Laurene Powell JobsLaurene Powell Jobs, 48, of Palo Alto, is founder and chair of Emerson Collective, a nonprofit that the White House describes as “focused on harnessing the potential of individuals from underserved communities to help them build a better life.” She’s also president of the board of College Track, an after-school program she founded in 1997 to prepare underserved high school students for success in college. Launched in East Palo Alto, College Track has expanded to serve students in Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans and Aurora, Colo.

Jobs also serves on the boards of directors of NewSchools Venture Fund, New America Foundation and Conservation International, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • lars54

    The New York Times did a story three days ago pointing out that all of Apples products are made in China, so I was perplexed Obama would have Steve jobs widow at his speech. In the story the Times pointed out Apple employs 43,000 US workers, as compared to GM who had 450,000 in it’s heyday of the 60’s. Apple is one of these new modern jobless companies where all the top tier workers make buko bucks while the Chinese workers assembling the products in China make 17 dollars a day. Gee, it’s easy to make a profit when you employ slave labor. Job’s, it’s worth noting – is called the “Edison” of our era. In my view his products are just a bunch of worthless junk, fancy expensive Cell phones that are made by slave labor, these I-tablets, all the stuff is just a lot of hyped up junk, soon to be worthless junk in a recycling center. GM used to make cars, they employed workers, those cars would last a long time, these were real products, made by American’s. So I’m just not willing to declare Steve Jobs – I’m not glad he’s gone – the Edison of the era.