The appointment was announced overnight in a Stanford University report and continues Jobs’ connection with education and the university.
Laurene Powell Jobs serves as the President of after-school program, College Track and is the Founder and Chair of Emerson Collective – a support organisation for entrepreneurs working in education, conservation and social justice.
Powell Jobs also resides on the board of Teach for America, NewSchools Venture Fund and Conservation International.
Her connection with Stanford University is well-documented, graduating with an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1991 and where she met Steve Jobs in 1989.
According to the Stanford report, Chair of the Board of Trustees Steven A. Denning was “very pleased” with the appointment.
“Her familiarity with Stanford, combined with extensive experience with and powerful commitment to supporting social entrepreneurs and organisations working on behalf of underserved students, will greatly strengthen the board,” Denning said.
“Her work to improve and augment K-12 education and work with disadvantaged students in East Palo Alto, Oakland and other communities around the nation is an inspiration to us all, as is her active role in conservation and environmental issues globally.”
Laurene Powell Jobs will join the 32-member Stanford Board of Trustees on October 1.