UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which recommends policies and programs to increase the global competitiveness of U.S. communities, companies and workers.

Penny Pritzker, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, on Monday announced the appointment of 30 private sector, nonprofit and academic leaders to the council, called NACIE, from a pool of more than 200 applicants.

“The members of NACIE provide important counsel to the Department of Commerce on the types of federal policies that will support entrepreneurship, innovation and job-driven workforce training, all of which are critical to American competitiveness,” Pritzker said in a statement.

Khosla, UCSD’s eighth chancellor, will serve a two-year term on the council, which convenes four times per year. The first meeting is slated for October.

“Entrepreneurship and innovation are integral to the culture at UC San Diego,” Khosla said. “Being a member of NACIE offers a valuable opportunity to share ideas with a prestigious group of leaders to help make America more competitive globally.”

He is one of four California-based members on the board and the only representative from Southern California.

Established in 2010, the council is managed through the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.