Boryana Straubel, 38, dies; Creation of a “green” jewelry business

Boryana Dineva was born on May 25, 1983 in Bulgaria. With the fall of communism in 1989, his family emigrated to Germany, where they lived for a few months in a refugee camp. They also lived in Austria and Russia. After learning English, Boryana spoke a total of five languages, all with an accent, she says, even her mother tongue.

In 2008, she graduated from the College of San Mateo, a two-year community college in Silicon Valley, with his younger brother, Stoyan. With scholarships from the Rotary Club of San Mateo, among other awards, they were both accepted to Berkeley, where Boryana received a degree in economics. She worked as an account manager at Brocade, a software company, before joining Tesla in 2011.

She became vice president of talent and culture at the Wikimedia Foundation in 2015, before returning to Tesla for a year and a half. She then returned to school to better prepare for her philanthropy. She received a Masters of Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 2019 and a Masters of Management and Engineering the following year from Stanford’s School of Engineering.

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Founder and President of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and a guru for the area’s nouveau riche, teaching them how to give their money, taught Ms. Straubel in her Stanford courses on Philanthropy and Justice and Women and Leadership. Ms. Straubel became a protégé and then a friend.

“Her critical thinking skills were at the highest level,” Ms. Arrillaga-Andreessen said. “But what is so powerful about Boryana is that she took the theory and knowledge that was given to her in the classroom and over the last few years she translated it into action and in impact on its own philanthropy. “

In addition to her husband, Ms. Straubel’s survivors include their two young sons. Complete information on the survivors was not immediately available.

“Boryana wanted to help people who had leadership potential and were determined to make a difference in the world, but needed a little extra support to make it happen,” said Pamela Hinds, professor of management science and engineering at the Stanford School of Engineering. . “She was full of energy – passionate, caring and very persistent.”

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