Dan Kostenbauder is Vice President, Tax Policy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In this role he manages local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory tax policy for the Leadership Group and its members. Prior to joining the Leadership Group, Dan had a long career in the Tax Department of Hewlett-Packard Company, which concluded as VP—Tax Policy. His tax policy experience included testifying before both the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee several times.
Dan has had significant experience working with trade associations. He served on the Board of Directors of the California Taxpayers Association, including a term as Chair, and of the Texas Tax and Research Association. He also served as Chair of the Tax Committees of the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Electronics Association, the Information Technology Industry Association (ITI), and the California Manufacturers Association.
Dan’s HP experience included six years as Vice President—Transaction Taxes and many years of international tax work, which included two years as HP’s European Tax Manager based in Geneva, Switzerland. He also served on the OECD Technical Advisory Group on Electronic Commerce.
Dan currently serves on the California Franchise Tax Board Advisory Board and the Office of Tax Appeals Advisory Committee. His community and charitable activities include serving on the Board of Trustees of Palo Alto University, where he is currently Chair, and on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, where he is on the Executive Committee. Dan was a member of the Santa Clara County Measure B Watchdog Committee during its 10-year existence.
Dan received a B.A. (Economics) from Yale University and both a J.D. and LL.M. (in Taxation) from New York University School of Law. He received an honorary doctorate from Palo Alto University. Dan also attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP 155).
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