The Holland in the Valley board of trustees.


Holland in the Valley creates value by building on and expanding a network of established Dutch nationals in California and strengthening that circle through round tables, networking events, and topical sessions. The board of trustees and constituent partners are instrumental in setting the agenda of Holland in the Valley. The board is:

  • René Bonvanie, Palo Alto Networks
  • Gerbert Kunst, Consul General
  • Mirjam van Praag, VU University Amsterdam
  • Laura Van ‘t Veer, UCSF

Constituent partners

Holland in the Valley’s constituent partners are VSNU, Dutch and US corporate partners, the Netherland-America Foundation, and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco.


VSNU: In the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), Dutch universities work together towards a strong university sector. The 14 Dutch universities within the VSNU show the outside world how they fulfil their social function, formulate shared ambitions relating to academic education and research and valorization, and lobby for the preconditions needed to realize these ambitions.


Netherland-America Foundation: Founded in 1921, the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) is the leading bilateral foundation initiating and supporting high-impact exchange between the Netherlands and the United States, including the NAF-Fulbright Fellowships and programs in the arts, business, public policy and historic preservation. NAF activities provide donors and recipients with access to a broad network of educational, cultural and business organizations that exemplify Dutch and American excellence in a number of disciplines.

Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco: The strong economic ties between the Netherlands and the United States contribute to 825,000 jobs in the United States. The Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco connects the Netherlands to the Western United States. The consulate links American businesses and organizations to Dutch expertise and innovation, and helps Dutch businesses and organizations  find partners or a soft landing in the US.

Dutch and US corporate partners

Read more about the corporate partners.