Past – Present – Future
Since our founding in 1977, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has worked to develop, promote, pass and implement policy initiatives that benefit our members, their employees and the Bay Area. As the tech industry moved to the forefront of our global economy, the SVLG’s policy work expanded beyond the confines of Silicon Valley.
The challenges of 2020 have sharpened our understanding of our policy goals. Schools must have access to technology to function. STEM careers are essential to the health of our population globally. We learned that many of us can work from home effectively, reducing road congestion and carbon emissions. California and the United States must actively work on all aspects of climate change. The approach must be comprehensive, from reducing carbon emissions through resiliency projects for communities impacted by flooding, fires, mud and other consequences of our changing climate.
We saw the pain of communities torn apart by injustice.
In direct response to the losses of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, our Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the formation of the Racial Justice and Equity Portfolio. This portfolio, through advocacy, policy initiatives and work with our partners, will contribute to the equity of Black, Brown and indiginous (BIPOC) people in our community and in our businesses.
These are challenging times, but working together on these and other issues will help us move our businesses and communities into a brighter future.
The Leadership Group stands, as we have for nearly 50 years, working to improve today and looking towards a bright, equitable future.
To support, enrich and drive the entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley for our members, our community and our leading industries.
Founded in 1977, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a business organization founded by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard to engage senior private sector leaders on policy issues important for their businesses, employees, and the communities of which they are a part.
The Leadership Group has hundreds of employer members in the broader Silicon Valley region. Stretching from Santa Cruz County in the south up through Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo and San Francisco counties, our members cover most of the Bay Area.
Approximately 60 percent of our members are technology companies — ranging from software and consumer devices to nanotech, semiconductors and cleantech. The balance of our membership includes a variety of industries that support our technology core. We have members that represent financial and professional services, healthcare, higher education, and more. Our membership includes businesses of all sizes, as well as most of the large brands in the Valley.
We differ from traditional Chambers of Commerce in that our membership is limited to businesses and organizations working in the innovation economy. Our strength in advocacy derives from a unified voice of diverse technology companies and organizations, our years of building personal relationships with decision-makers, and the extensive presence of our members throughout the region, state, and nation.
Our members engage with the Leadership Group because they are committed to our region and want to make a meaningful, measurable difference. Examples of our policy impact can be found here.
Think of the Leadership Group as a legislative megaphone amplifying the collective business perspective before senior elected officials and key influencers by promoting the issues that have a direct effect on your bottom line and the communities you serve. We also provide opportunities to share your brand with thousands of key decision-makers through event sponsorships, member profiles, publications, our website and much more.
The additional benefits of membership include:
Membership in the Silicon Valley Leadership Group is open to employers who:
If you are interested in making your company a member of the Leadership Group, please contact our business development team at email@example.com. We will walk you through the steps involved in initiating a membership.
Our membership is determined by company size and staff. For more information, please contact our business development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in making your company a member of the Leadership Group, please contact our business development team at BD@svlg.org. We will walk you through the steps involved in initiating a membership.
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