Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki
Jerry Yang co-founded Yahoo! in 1995 with fellow Stanford graduate student David Filo and served on its board and as a member of its executive team until 2012, including as CEO from 2007 to 2009. In 2012, he founded AME Cloud Ventures, a venture innovation firm that invests in seed-stage to later-stage tech companies.
Yang serves as a director on the boards of Workday Inc., Lenovo Group, and Alibaba Group. He also serves on a number of his portfolio boards, including Docker and Didi. He serves on the Stanford University’s Board of Trustees and is the current Chair of the Board. He is also a board member for the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF). He is a member of the Brookings China Advisory Council, the Committee of 100, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Yang and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki (also a Stanford graduate), are active philanthropists. They support a wide range of programs at Stanford, and are the lead donors of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum expansion.
Yang holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
As a leader and collector, Akiko Yamazaki has championed Asian art and culture over the last two decades. Akiko is a nature lover and a lifelong equestrian.
Akiko joined the San Francisco Asian Art Museum Board in 1997 and has served on multiple leadership roles, including President and Board Chair. As Board Chair (2014-2020), Akiko led the $100m Transformation Project, which doubled the museum’s special exhibition space, reinstalled permanent galleries centered around masterpieces, infused digital technology throughout, strengthened the contemporary art program and doubled the museum’s endowment fund. In addition, Akiko serves on the Advisory Council of the Stanford Cantor Center for the Arts and has been a supporter of its Asian American Art Initiative. She is also a member of the Department of Asian Art Visiting Committee at The Metropolitan Museum in New York.
In support of the launch of Stanford University’s Doerr School of Sustainability, Akiko served as Chair for the Task Force whose members included key faculty and volunteer leaders of the University. The school launched in fall of 2022 with $1.6B in funds raised.
Akiko co-founded the Wildlife Conservation Network in 2001 and recently joined the Wildlife Conservation Society Board. Akiko is a member of the Advisory Council of the Woods Institute of the Environment at Stanford University.
Akiko has been a life-long equestrian, active dressage competitor and sponsor of multiple Olympic horses for Team USA. Most recently, Akiko’s horse, Suppenkasper, was part of the historic Silver Medal winning team in Tokyo 2020. Akiko is an Executive Committee member of the US Equestrian Team Foundation Advisory Board.