A Silicon Valley Leadership Group Update: March 2018
Message from Carl Guardino
Welcome to the new generation of the Leadership Group’s monthly newsletter. Here our member company representatives and community partners can learn more about our latest news and look ahead toward the exciting initiatives we’re tackling together.
We look forward to engaging at future gatherings and to continue collaborating on the important work we all do to improve the quality of life in Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and beyond. 
Warm Regards,
Carl Guardino
President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
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2018 Top Priorities
Regional Initiatives

Identified as the top priority for the Leadership Group, we're co-leading a set of regional transportation measures. In 2018 we're co-leading a nine-county traffic relief measure known as Regional Measure 3 (RM3). Future efforts will include the development of a three-county Caltrain Measure in 2020.
Diversifying the STEM Pipeline

Diversifying the STEM Pipeline from cradle to career to develop a strong regional workforce. In addition to hosting middle school students at STEM Leadership Summits​, efforts also include our Community College to Career Initiative – a partnership with 17 community college partners to build training and hiring relationships between our member employers and community colleges.
State Legislation & Housing Bond

Advocating for state legislation and leading statewide housing campaigns. We've identified near-term and long-term solutions to the regional and statewide housing crisis by bringing together executives, elected officials and community housing leaders. This fall, we are co-leading the $4 billion statewide Housing Bond.

Tech and Innovation

Promoting public-private solutions to security challenges, including the establishment of a Cyber National Guard, working to increase funding for cyber workforce training, and promoting flexible, industry-led security standards.
Clean Energy Supply

Focused on promoting financing and deployment of clean energy and emerging technologies. “Clean Energy” includes promotion of renewable energy, both utility scale and distribution solutions, storage, demand response, energy efficiency, and no-carbon and low-carbon technology such as fuel cells.
Celebrating Wins
Transportation: Regional Traffic Relief (RM3) Takes Leap Forward
The Bay Area Toll Authority voted to place RM3, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s top policy priority, on the June 5th election ballot.

RM3 provides Bay Area residents an opportunity to vote on funding nearly $4.5 Billion worth of major traffic relief projects. Together with the Bay Area Council and SPUR, we are expanding the RM3 coalition in order to lead an effective campaign in every one of the nine Bay Area counties.

If passed in June, RM3 will fund 
transformative projects aimed at reducing congestion along freeways through projects including BART to Silicon Valley, extending Caltrain to downtown San Francisco, increasing capacity on the Dumbarton Bridge and fixing the region’s worst freeway bottlenecks.
Learn More
Housing Solutions Summit
More than 175 business leaders, elected officials, community partners and housing advocates came together on February 9th to focus on solutions to the housing shortage facing the Silicon Valley and greater Bay Area. More than half of the attendees were private sector CEOs, C-suite, or VPs, who committed to solutions they and/or their organizations would consider pursuing in 2018.

The Summit featured nearly 20 solution-oriented presentations and participants selected the solutions to which they would commit their time, talent, and/or treasure.
Thanks to member company Facebook for hosting our Housing Solutions Summit, and to the Bay Area Council for co-leading the event.

Latest at the Leadership Group
Introducing the Leadership Group's
2018 Board Chair and Vice Chair

Steve Milligan, CEO, Western Digital

James Gutierrez, Co-Founder & CEO, Insikt

Meet Our New Board Member:
Vicki Huff Eckert  
Vicki is the Global New Business & Innovation Leader at PwC. Learn more here.
Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip
The Leadership Group led a delegation of more than 45 business and elected leaders on February 27-28 on our Annual D.C. Advocacy Trip to discuss our top federal priorities: DACA/H-1B, infrastructure funding, BART to Silicon Valley Phase II.

We met with dozens of D.C. leaders, including: Leader Nancy Pelosi; Senators Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, John Thune, Michael Bennet; Congressman Bob Goodlatte; Department of Transportation; Federal Transit Administration and more.
Our delegation was co-led by Board Chair Steve Milligan, Vice Chair James Gutierrez, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, and Board of Supervisors' Presidents Joe Simitian (Santa Clara County) and Dave Pine (San Mateo County).
Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation
The 2018 Silicon Valley Competitiveness & Innovation Project was released on February 23rd, reinforcing that traffic, housing and education challenges continue to plague our region, but offers some new glimmers of hope when it comes to opportunity and developing a strong workforce in our region.
The Project engages public and private sector leaders who are laying the groundwork for Silicon Valley's transportation future. Senator Jim Beall and labor leader Michael Quigley joined the SVCIP Summit to discuss what the State Legislature’s 2017 transportation funding package means for Silicon Valley's traffic problems.  
Read the Report
Women's Executive Network:
Breakfast with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
SAP's Chief Learning Officer Jenny Dearborn hosted a breakfast on February 20th with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo with an engaging discussion about advancing women and girls in technology and politics.

Breakfast with Congresswoman
Jackie Speier

Our thanks to Lauren Vaccarello, Vice President of Customer Engagement at Box, for hosting a breakfast with Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Monday, March 12th.
Upcoming Events
Lam Research "Heart and Soles Run"
Hit the pavement on Saturday, March 24th at 8am in support of children's health and wellness at the 5th Annual Lam Research "Heart & Soles Run."

The 6K and 10K start at the historic campus of Santa Clara University/Mission Santa Clara, the course features a loop through Avaya Stadium, home to the San Jose Earthquakes! Funds raised benefit youth including several Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA + others. 
Learn More & Register
DACA & Dreamers, guns and school violence, Bay Area traffic (and solutions!), housing costs and homelessness.  There are so many challenges facing our region and nation – and so many solutions we need to address.
Join us for our Annual “Fireside Chat” with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, generously hosted by Juniper CEO Rami Rahim, with Co-Title Sponsor Chris Larsen, Founder and Board Chair of Ripple.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Shannon De Atley-Johnson at

Note: This is a policy luncheon. This is not a political fundraiser.
The Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum is one of the 16 regional forums in the state of California to help identify economic competitiveness issues of the region. In partnership with 24 local organizations, we produce this event to discuss the issues that matter to us most.
The results from the forums are funneled up to a state wide summit to identify the top issues facing the state.

This year’s panel topics will include Housing, Education & Workforce, Income Inequality and Diversity and Sustainable Energy.

Date: Friday, April 13th, 8 am - 12:15 pm
Location: Villa Ragusa, Campbell
Register Here
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group will be hosting 100+ Human Resources/Benefits/Wellness professionals for a half day event featuring sessions on how to implement innovative workplace wellness strategies.

This year's symposium presents an opportunity for professionals and executives to engage in critical discussions about the policies driving fundamental changes in employee wellness programs.

Date: Friday, April 20th, 8:30 am - 12 pm
Location: Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara
Register Here
Silicon Valley Leadership Group's annual state advocacy trip is fast approaching! Join us for a Silicon Valley Caucus dinner on May 1st followed by a full day of advocacy on May 2nd.

This two-day trip offers a chance to meet with key state Senate and Assembly leaders, constitutional officers and key agency department leaders. Transportation from Silicon Valley to Sacramento is generously provided by a Proterra zero-emission electric bus.
Learn More & Register
From Our Partners
Housing Trust Silicon Valley will host their 2018 Investor Briefing on Friday, March 23rd, at the Santa Clara Convention Center from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. This annual luncheon and networking event provides partners of Housing Trust and the business community with policy and impact updates around affordable housing in the greater Bay Area.
Register Here
Interested in helping a high school foster youth gain professional experience in their field of interest? Sign up to host an internship at your company this summer! TeenForce handles hiring and payroll, so you don't have to.
Learn More
Welcoming New Members!

T.Y. Lin International • Nanometrics • ThoughtWorks • anyCOMM • Okta • ISDI Digital University • ALTrans • Pierpoint Ventures • Long Venture Partners • Entryless • Honor • Embark Trucks • Intuity Medical • Tenth Man Group (TMG) • West Valley College

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