Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara were welcomed today (Monday), at San Jose Mineta International Airport, by California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis and San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan.

A reception was held Wednesday evening, May 10th, 2023, at Filoli House and Gardens in Woodside to honor Ambassador Gentry Smith, United States Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security. Over 120 local business and government leaders attended, including elected officials from the 53 cities and 5 counties outside of San Francisco that are served by the Silicon Valley Office of Protocol. Guests included members of the San Francisco Consular Corps, law enforcement officials, including Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, State Department officials, local elected officials and international diplomats, law enforcement officials, Airport officials, and business leaders at this event.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa received a warm welcome from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and other local officials when he touched down late Saturday night after a whirlwind trip across the country as he begins a very busy trip through California.

“Protocol is not about classism or oppression. Protocol is about respect.”

— Deanna Tryon

Deanna Tryon was 10 years old when the idea of a career in protocol was planted in her mind.

San Francisco native Deanna Tryon is Chief Officer of Protocol at the Los Altos-based Silicon Valley Office of Protocol.

Founded four years ago, the Silicon Valley Office of Protocol focuses on the Silicon Valley region, comprising 44 cities outside of San Francisco.

The loose hierarchy, jeans and T-shirt corporate culture of Silicon Valley could not be more distant from the fussy, protocol-driven world of foreign diplomacy.

When Deanna Tryon first started reaching out to Silicon Valley businesses and government agencies in early 2014, the response was frequently some variation of “what took you so long?”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already dined with Silicon Valley’s tech titans and toured Tesla Motors, and now Sunday he was sitting down for a talk with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.