By Charlie Warzel / @cwarzel
The guest list is out for the First Lady’s box tonight at the State of the Union address and it appears that the White House is giving Instagram and other innovators some love.
Mike Krieger, a co-founder of Instagram will be in attendance. President Obama recently joined Instagram late last month. It’s important to note that Krieger is actually of Brazilian descent and looking for his green card. Krieger is an example of the type of innovators mentioned by Steve Case in his op-ed yesterday, who would benefit from the passage of the Startup Act and AGREE. This is a good indicator that Obama may very well mention these two bills in his speech tonight.
Also in attendance is Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple founder, Steve Jobs. She is currently the founder of The Emerson Collective.
It is common for the First Lady to invite a myriad of guests to the first union, from veterans to average citizens. Krieger and Jobs are just two of many to attend this evening.
Here are the bios the White House released.
San Francisco, California
Mike Krieger is the co-founder of Instagram, the fastest growing social mobile startup in the U.S. today, with over 15 million registered users. Mike was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and moved to California in 2004 to attend Stanford University, where he studied computer science and cognitive science. In 2010, he joined up with Kevin Systrom to co-found Instagram, and now employs a talented, growing team of designers and engineers. After graduation, Mr. Krieger worked for a year on his student F-1 visa, later applying for and receiving an H-1B visa as a high-skill worker. Mr. Krieger wants to permanently stay in the U.S. and has applied for a green card.
Laurene Powell Jobs
Founder and Chair of Emerson Collective
Palo Alto, California
Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and chair of Emerson Collective, an organization focused on harnessing the potential of individuals from underserved communities to help them build a better life.
Ms. Powell Jobs also serves as president of the board of College Track, an after-school program she founded in 1997 to prepare underserved high school students for success in college. Started in East Palo Alto, College Track has expanded to serve students in Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans and Aurora, Colorado. The program’s intensive academic and extracurricular program is designed to ensure admittance to and graduation from college. All of the program’s graduates have completed their secondary education and gone on to college.
In addition to her work with the Emerson Collective and College Track, she serves on the boards of directors of NewSchools Venture Fund, New America Foundation and Conservation International. She also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ms. Powell Jobs holds a BA and a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Earlier in her career, she spent several years working in investment banking and later co-founded a natural foods company in California.