“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.

Five feet wide and 30 feet long, the red carpet that Deanna Tryon delivered to Mineta San Jose International Airport on Friday is supposed to be a keeper.

The Silicon Valley Office of Protocol and Mineta San Jose International Airport conducted a series of cultural sensitivity training sessions for airport employees in advance of Hainan Airlines’ first nonstop flights from San Jose to Beijing, China, June 15.

The newly formed Silicon Valley Office of Protocol has named its chief. Los Altos Hills native and resident Deanna Tryon was recently appointed to the Chief of Protocol position to help Silicon Valley cities, counties, businesses and agencies navigate the fine points of international protocol.