City Year San José board
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Charlie Pappis was Group Vice President and General Manager of Applied Global Services (AGS), Applied Materials’ aftermarket business supporting customers in the semiconductor, and display industries. In this role, Mr. Pappis led a >$3B organization that develops and delivers products and services for the installed base of Applied Materials equipment around the world. Mr. Pappis was with AGS Business Unit starting in 2005 serving in a variety of executive management roles prior to becoming the General Manager in 2008. Mr. Pappis is an expert in the field of product and customer support, with more than 30 years of experience. He first joined Applied in 1986 as a process engineer for the Company’s Etch division, and has since held various management positions, including several major account general manager positions between 1998 and 2005. Since his retirement in 2016 he continues to do consulting work for the firm in an advisory capacity. Mr. Pappis received a Bachelor of Science degree in materials science from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1983, and attended the Stanford/AEA Executive MBA program in 1994. He resides in Pleasanton, CA.
Jennifer Johnson leads Canyon Snow’s environmental affairs practice and co-leads its corporate social responsibility practice. Jennifer is a recognized authority on the business implications of environmental and sustainability initiatives, and routinely consults and speaks on how to make environmental compliance and sustainability a living and profitable part of business strategy.
Before co-founding Canyon Snow, Jennifer was responsible for corporate environmental affairs at Solectron, an $18 billion manufacturer. She has been co- chair of the environmental committee of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and is currently a board member of the Sustainable Silicon Valley initiative. She earned a Bachelor degree in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Her master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin focused on air pollution emissions modeling. The vice chair of the development committee for City Year San José/Silicon Valley, she is a diplomat of Stanford University’s program in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability and holds an M.B.A. degree from Heriot Watt University Edinburgh Business School.
A native of Australia, Sharon Matthews currently serves as the vice chair of the GRS and an executive partner of Mill Point Capital. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Road Scholar, an experiential learning nonprofit based in Boston. Previously, Sharon served as the president and CEO of eLynx for over nine years, bringing 20+ years of executive experience in the tech industry to the role when she assumed office in February of 2007.
Her work streams centered on further strengthening eLynx's market leadership position of providing secure electronic document communications services for the financial services industry in the most significant downturn since the great depression. After successfully overseeing the sale of eLynx to Black Knight Financial Services in the spring of 2016, Sharon has devoted her free time to serving as a senior executive consultant for technology-based companies. Concurrently, Sharon has leveraged her culinary expertise and passion for cooking to develop her most recent entrepreneurial venture, Culinary Capers. Sharon formerly held senior executive roles at Solectron Corporation, UCMS Inc., Unisys and Wang Laboratories. A dual Australian and U.S. citizen residing in Campbell, California, Sharon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and politics from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a graduate of the executive management program at Columbia University in New York.