COSTA MESA, Calif., July 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:PMBC). Raymond E. Dellerba, President and CEO of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp and its wholly owned subsidiary, Pacific Mercantile Bank, announced today that the Federal Reserve has completed its review of the qualifications of Gordon C. Rausser, Ph. D., to serve on the Bancorp Board of Directors. As a result, Dr. Rausser can now assume his duties as a member of the Board. As previously reported, the Company's shareholders already elected Dr. Rausser to serve as a member of the Board at the Annual Shareholders Meeting held in May 2010. "We are very honored to have someone of Dr. Rausser's stature serving on the Bancorp Board. Dr. Rausser brings his invaluable insight, business acumen, knowledge of economics, and a wealth of important contacts to our Bank," said Mr. Dellerba. Moreover, Dr. Rausser brings to the Board extensive knowledge with respect to the impact that economic policies will have on our business, and considerable insight into risk management issues and the formulation and operation of risk management systems. Additionally, Dr. Rausser has recently become a shareholder of the Company, having purchased 10,000 shares of our Series "A" Preferred Stock in addition to the PMBC common stock he already held. Gordon C. Rausser, Ph.D., is, and since 1986 has been, the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Rausser also has assumed a wide array of leadership positions at UC Berkeley, including serving on the UC Berkeley Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2001, and as the Dean of the College of Natural Resources from 1994 to 2000. He also has held a professorship in economics and statistics at Harvard University, where he won the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1978. Dr. Rausser served, from 1988 to 1990, as the Chief Economist of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and from 1986 to 1987 as Senior Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Dr. Rausser has been elected a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His broad research interests focus on contract markets, including the application of risk management frameworks to contract markets, public policy and economic regulations, political economy, environmental and natural resource economics, applied econometrics and statistical decision theory. Dr. Rausser also serves as Chairman of the Board of Onpoint Analytics, an economic research and financial consulting firm. Dr. Rausser's economic research has won him sixteen national awards, including the AAEA Quality of Research Discovery Award in 2001 the USDA Secretary of Agriculture Award in 2000 and a Berkeley Faculty Achievement Award in 2010. Dr. Rausser is a frequent commentator on national radio and television and an active advisor on public policy issues to business and political leaders in many parts of the world.