John A. Sobrato
John A. Sobrato, Chairman Emeritus
As founder and principal of The Sobrato Organization, Mr. Sobrato heads one of the most successful real estate development organizations in California. Mr. Sobrato's career in real estate dates to 1957, when he began selling homes in Palo Alto while attending Santa Clara University. Building on his success in the residential marketplace he soon expanded into commercial real estate, working with his mother in the development of industrial properties nearly a decade before the name "Silicon Valley" was coined. Among his many board positions, Mr. Sobrato is a Trustee of the University of Santa Clara, Vice Chairman of the Latino College Preparatory Academy, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School and Vice Chairman of the Foundation for Hispanic Education. In 1998 he was named the NSFRE's Philanthropist of the Year.