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Meg Arnold

Interim CEO

Meg has worked with Valley Vision since 2014, where her work is focused on two of the organization’s key impact areas – the Clean Economy and Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiatives. In the Clean Economy, Meg’s work includes leading the Cleaner Air Partnership, vice-chairing the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative, and developing tools to increase business resilience in the era of climate change. Meg also manages the SlingShot project, which granted $750,000 to regional entrepreneurship support organizations, and is supporting the emerging Autonomous Transportation Open Standards Labs (ATOS Lab), in autonomous vehicles.

Meg’s career in the Sacramento region began in 2001 and includes roles supporting startup companies emerging from research labs at UC Davis, strategic counsel to Drexel University when it opened a campus in Sacramento in 2008, and as CEO of SARTA, the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance, a non-profit which laid the groundwork for the current flourishing of regional support for innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in technology sectors.

Prior to moving to Sacramento in 2001, Meg worked in multinational lending and in strategy and business development in the telecommunications industry in Toronto, New York, and London.

Meg is active in leadership roles in the region and her expertise and influence has been broadly recognized over the years:

  • Comstock’s Magazine editorial board, co-chair (board member since 2013; co-chair 2017)
  • Capital Region Executive Leadership Mission, team lead (2017)
  • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum – Mountain Valley Chapter, Class XVII, (2013-2014)
  • Woman Who Mean Business Award, Sacramento Business Journal (2013)
  • Metro Chamber Study Mission, leadership (2011 – 2013)
  • Economic Development Leader of the Year, Valley Vision (2011)
  • Metro Chamber’s Cap-to-Cap, leadership (2010-2013)

Meg lives in Davis with her husband and their blended family of four teenagers between 15 and 19 years old. She dedicates her summer vacations to visits to the family cottage in Ontario, Canada, and hopes to someday sail from San Francisco Bay to the coast of Maine.

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