Meet the Silicon Valley CEO who introduced President Obama today

Geetha Vallabhaneni, founder and chief executive of San Jose-based Luminix , introduced President Barack Obama at an event today in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Speaking before heading to fundraising events, the president called on the House to act on immigration reform and said he supports legislation that would beef up border security and for those in the U.S. illegally, an “earned path to citizenship.”

In her intro, Vallabhaneni, born in India, said it took her 12 years to get her green card. During the waiting period, she said she did not travel to visit her grandfather  who was dying “because I feared I would lose my status and my dream.”

“We know the system is broken and it needs to be fixed,” she said. “Let us welcome and empower smart, ambitious people who fuel our innovation economy and help us stay ahead.”


At top, Luminix CEO Geetha Vallabhaneni. (Luminix photo)


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  • Norman Ishimoto

    I was there. She was moving and eloquent – if businesslike.
    Someone to be proud of – whether in business, an immigrant, an entrepreneur, everyone.
    We passed each other in opposite directions after the ceremony and I was just able to say “great speech”. So here’s the rest of the praise.