Mike Yutrzenka

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"With over fifteen years experience at Cisco Systems in a variety of roles, Michael Yutrzenka brings with him a broad understanding of Cisco and the community as the leader of the Cisco Foundation.

"Appointed Executive Director of the Cisco Systems Foundation in September 2003, Michael and his team are focusing on supporting Internet enabled solutions to transform education, empower communities, and increase efficiency and effectiveness in non-profit organizations. He joined Corporate Philanthropy in June 2000, initially to lead the effort to help the nonprofit sector leverage Internet technology and build collaborative partnerships. In his roles he has lead several programs and initiatives including the Community Fellowship Program, Leadership Fellows Program, Philanthropy Employee Engagement, Matching Gifts, Volunteerism Initiatives, and Product and Cash Grant Programs.

"Michael currently serves on the board of directors for Network for Good, the American Red Cross Corporate Advisory Council, the Conference Board Corporate Contributions Council, advisor for Building Blocks International, and previously on the board of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Prior to joining Corporate Philanthropy, he held several roles at Cisco in business development, acquisition integration, channel partnerships and strategic account management.

"Michael has over twenty years of international experience. He previously held positions in customer support, systems analysis, engineering, sales, and management. Immediately prior to Cisco, he was Vice President, International Sales for Arix Corporation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of North Dakota.[1]

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  1. Board, Network for Good, accessed February 15, 2011.