Kristen Durham

Director, Latin America at Silicon Valley Bank

San Francisco Bay Area
Financial Services
  1. SVB Financial Group
  1. Bay Area Council,
  2. National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
  3. California Public Utilities Commission
  1. University of California, Berkeley

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Director, Latin America

SVB Financial Group
– Present (3 years 4 months)Santa Clara, CA

Silicon Valley Bank is the commercial bank serving the world's most innovative companies and investors. My work at SVB is focused on strategy creation and business development in emerging international markets, with particular emphasis on Latin America, China, Russia, and Turkey. I also work in an advisory capacity with our US clients as they expand into these emerging markets of interest.

Vice President, Global Initiatives

Bay Area Council
(1 year 5 months)San Francisco Bay Area

• Led the business development and project implementation of the Bay Area Council’s China initiative, including developing new revenue opportunities
• Advised US companies on China market entry and growth strategy and brokering strategic relationships between companies and government
• Managed the registration, siting, construction, and financing of the BAC’s first overseas office in Shanghai
• Organized and led two major delegation to China, which included Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, three state cabinet secretaries, and approx. 85 business leaders, in June & Sept 2010

Senior Analyst

Bay Area Council Economic Institute
(3 years)San Francisco Bay Area

Managed project teams and conducted analysis of economic and business issues associated with competitiveness of the Bay Area economy on three key projects:
* Partnered with McKinsey and Co. on “Recession and Recovery: An Economic Reset,” an economic profile report that benchmarks the region’s economic performance against other cities and regions worldwide (see:
* Led strategic planning project commissioned by the State of California’s Business, Transportation & Housing Agency in to the develop Bay Area Economic Recovery Workplan. Managed external communications (e-mail, website, media interviews), partner and advisor engagement, request for proposals, and 475 project evaluations (see:
* Partnered with Booz & Co. on “Managing Recession: Strategic Responses to the Economic Downturn,” a study of Bay Area businesses’ strategies during the recession. Conducted over 50 in-depth interviews with CEOs and senior executives (see:

China Activities Coordinator

Bay Area Council
(1 year 7 months)

Graduate Student Researcher, International and Environmental Programs

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
(3 months)

Graduate Student Researcher, Energy Efficiency Section

California Public Utilities Commission
(10 months)

International Marketing Intern

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
(6 months)

Program Assistant, China Environmental Study Abroad Program

University of Missouri
(less than a year)


  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Chinese

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University of California, Berkeley

MS, Energy & Resources

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