Donna Dubinsky

Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the Department of Commerce

Donna Dubinsky has been a leader in building companies in the computer business for over forty years.  She was a participant at Apple when personal computers were established, and then helped create three generations of computing:  handheld computing at Palm Computing, smartphones at Handspring, and intelligent computing at Numenta.

Dubinsky joined Apple Computer in 1981, spending ten years in a variety of sales, sales support and logistics functions both at Apple and as a co-founder at Claris, Apple’s software subsidiary.

In 1992, she joined Jeff Hawkins shortly after he founded Palm Computing.  As president and CEO of Palm, Dubinsky helped create a major new industry segment based on the PalmPilot.  

In 1998, Hawkins and Dubinsky co-founded Handspring.  Handspring became a leader in the emerging category of smartphones, where it again created a category-defining product, the Treo.  

In 2005, Hawkins and Dubinsky co-founded Numenta to create software based on Hawkins’ theories in neuroscience.  Dubinsky serves as Board Chair of Numenta.

In 2022, Dubinsky joined the Department of Commerce at the request of Secretary Gina Raimondo to assist in preparations to implement the CHIPS for America Act that will rebuild and sustain semiconductor research and engineering in the U.S.

Dubinsky formerly served as a trustee at Yale University, including two years as senior fellow.  She currently serves as a board member at Twilio, Inc. (TWLO). She holds a B.A. from Yale University in history, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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