Donna Dubinsky, Portola Valley resident, personal computing entrepreneur and outdoorswoman, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, a nonprofit with the goal to protect "the beauty, character and diversity of the San Francisco Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountain range."
Ms. Dubinsky is co-founder of Palm Corp., maker of the Palm Pilot personal digital assistant (PDA), Handspring Corp., maker of the Visor PDA and the Treo phone, and Menlo Park-based Numenta.
She is currently chief executive of Numenta, which is developing software algorithms based on theories of the operation of the neocortex in the human brain, according to the company Web site.
"Donna brings enormous energy and good humor to the Board along with her well-tested business savvy," POST President Audrey Rust of Atherton said. "She exudes enthusiasm and interest in our mission and will be invaluable in helping us seek new ways to reach out to supporters in Silicon Valley and beyond."
Ms. Dubinsky has a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University and a master's degree in business from the Harvard Business School, according to her online bio at Numenta. She is also a trustee of Yale and of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, which was founded by her husband Len Shustek.
Ms. Dubinsky has hiked in "rugged outdoor environments," a POST statement said, including Mt. Kilimanjaro and Patagonia.