Foundation Silicon Valley

2019 Leadership San Jose: Paul Stednitz

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Paul is the VP of Sales and Community Engagement with Alliance Credit Union.

As part of the senior leadership team he is responsible for the retail branches, mortgage production, investment services, business development, and community engagement. 

With over 25 years of banking experience in both banks and credit unions, Paul is able to collaborate across all departments to accomplish the strategic goals of the organization. 

In addition to his current areas of responsibility he has experience facilitating sales training, branch transformation, building member experience models, product development, leading large branch networks, and project management. 

He possesses a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Chico State University, an MBA from Golden Gate University, and a Masters level degree from Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington. 

He is active in his community as Past President of Rotary, Past Campaign Chair for United Way, and many past and current Board level positions in several organizations. 

His involvement with Leadership San Jose will help him to find areas to plug into in the community.   

Paul Grew up in San Jose CA, graduated from Leland High School and recently returned to the Bay Area. 

His hobbies include golf, hiking, reading, and spending time with family in Hawaii.    


2019 Leadership San Jose: Linda Lentz

Linda Lentz is a Community Relations Manager at Bank of America. She is responsible for developing strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations and executing Bank of America’s environmental, social and governance strategy in Silicon Valley.

2019 Leadership San Jose: Judy Ross

Judy M. Ross, AAE, CAE, is the Assistant Director of Aviation for Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) since April 2018.  She served as Interim Assistant Director of Aviation since 2017 and Deputy Director of Aviation – Planning and Development at Silicon Valley’s airport since 2015.

2019 Leadership San Jose: Heather Valentine

Heather grew up in the Midwest and moved out to the Bay Area as a young adult.

She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology, from Santa Clara University with an MA in Counseling Psychology, and then earned her LMFT (license in marriage and family therapy).