Mayor of Palo Alto, California
As an elected public official for more than 15 years, serving twice
Mayor of Palo Alto, CA, "birthplace of the Silicon Valley",
Liz Kniss has played a major role in promoting technology in government
and contributing to the success of Palo Alto
and the Bay area as a Technology Hub. Stanford University and the
University of California at Berkeley's proximal locations have added
measurably to the Silicon Valley's success
Kniss led the city and the county to establish government web-sites
for easier citizen
access to information and commerce opportunities. and Palo Alto
has been widely recognized for being the first city with a Web-site,
and global presence
on the Internet, As the "first city" Palo Alto was featured
by CNN, CBS, and National Public Radio.
Previously employed by Sun Microsystems, her technology experience
led her to creating NETDAY '96, a state-wide program wiring schools
to the Internet, as well as establishing Family Resources a Web-based
information source for parents throughout the Bay area.
As Mayor, Kniss led the efforts to streamline permitting processes,
to move more competitively and profitably in the region.
Ms. Kniss has traveled and spoken throughout the US and the world
on issues involving
successful cooperation between government and business. Ms. Kniss
has a BS from Simmons College in Boston, MA and a Masters in Public
Policy from CSU.