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The purpose of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is to help improve the quality of life in the Silicon Valley region through the provision of funding for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and other basic necessities of life.

The Foundation supports activities that drive a strong sense of community engagement and serves as a forum for non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues affecting the Silicon Valley region, including education, energy, environmental protection, health, housing, land use and transportation. It focuses on providing financial and promotional assistance to charities, business and community leaders, scholars or other groups that support its mission.

The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Its Board is a group of dedicated business and community leaders from Silicon Valley, which works closely with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Contact the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation.

Board Members

  • Executive Director: Ahmad Thomas
  • Chair: Tom Hayse, ETM Electromatic
  • Vice Chair: Jim Cunneen, California Strategies
  • Secretary: Michelle VonderHaar, HP Inc.
  • Treasurer: Paul Richardson, CommonSpirit Health
  • Teresa Alvarado, SPUR
  • Charlotta Carter, GRI Technical Solutions
  • Kim Fennell
  • Hannah Gordon, San Francisco 49ers
  • Janikke Klem, Technology Credit Union
  • Ibi Krukrubo, EY
  • Lowell Ness, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Prashanthi Raman, Cruise Automation
  • Sonu Ratra, Akraya
  • Vishal Verma, Edgewood Ventures
  • Kyra Whitten, Flex

Events & Initiatives

Community College to Career (CC2C), an initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Foundation, is an active partnership between industry and education to expand economic opportunity and increase diversity in the STEM workforce.

CC2C leverages a wealth of talent among Leadership Group members to provide work-based learning opportunities that translate into student success—higher community college certificate and associate degree completion rates in the short term and better paying jobs in the long term.

Learn more about CC2C here.

Deepfake Education Competition: According to a March 2019 Pew Research Center Survey, 90% of Americans believe that altered videos or images lead to confusion in public discourse. While tools for identifying altered or fabricated video are advancing, and social media policies designed to limit the distribution of such content continue to evolve, the broad availability of tools for producing doctored or fabricated videos raises concerns about whether and how deepfakes might be used to manipulate the 2020 election.

We are seeking student submissions of educational video content about deepfakes. Learn more about the competition here.

logo-1The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” benefits local charitable organizations that include the Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust. Founded by Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO Carl Guardino in 2005, the Turkey Trot has raised nearly $9.6 million over the past 15 years. It’s a 5K and 10K walk/run through downtown San Jose.

Register for this year’s VIRTUAL Turkey Trot, November 28 here.

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This 5K Run/Walk is fun for the whole family and encourages runners to dress up as their favorite holiday character or tradition. The race course winds through downtown San Jose and concludes at Christmas in the Park, where participants can enjoy the festivities with Santa’s milk and cookies!

The “Santa Run Silicon Valley” supports Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice with over $400,000 donated to keep these cherished holiday traditions in San Jose. It’s also collected over 1,900 children books in five years for Reading Partners.

Register for this year’s VIRTUAL Santa Run, December 20 here.

heartandsoles_logo_colorThe newest Foundation race, the Lam Research “Heart & Soles Run,” raised more than $400,000 to place 195 salad bars in 190 Silicon Valley K-12 schools in three years, which serve 125,000 students.

This family-oriented fun run/walk is dedicated to helping local children engage in healthy exercise and to make better food choices on a daily basis.

Learn more here.


Serving Our Community

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
Donated more than $1.6 million over the past 10 years to enable the Food Bank to source millions of pounds of fresh produce – a genuine gift for the kids, families and seniors being feed each month.

Housing Trust Silicon Valley
More than $1.6 million donated over the past 10 years help make Silicon Valley a more affordable place by supporting multifamily lending, homebuyer assistance programs, homeless prevention and neighborhood stabilization.

Healthier Kids Foundation 
The $1.4 million donation over the past 10 years supports the VisionFirst program to provide vision screenings and access to corrective services.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County
Raised $125,000 in two years to support the Food Bank with food distribution for working poor families, children and seniors in Santa Cruz County.

Health Trust
Donated more than $260,000 in one year to support the advancement of wellness through health educational programs to teach people to prevent and manage diabetic conditions.

Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice
Raised $123,500 for each activity to preserve Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice, which attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually to downtown San Jose.

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools / Team California for Healthier Kids
Raised nearly $342,000 to place 122 salad bars in 120 Silicon Valley schools serving 98,000 students.

Past Initiatives & Partnerships

STEM with Mayor Liccardo: 2017


Working with Mayor Liccardo’s Office, this program increased access to summer STEM learning opportunities for 250 middle school students in the Franklin-McKinley School District. The program raised awareness about the importance of STEM and filling funding gaps for the district to provide more services.

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Latinos in Technology Scholarship Initiative

photoIn partnership with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, the Latinos in Tech initiative helped provide scholarships to 500 local students to earn college degrees in STEM fields. This program provided up to 100 scholarships annually for five (5) years to incoming Latino college juniors who have chosen a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) related major. Additionally, sponsoring corporate investors provided summer internships to the scholarship recipients.

Learn more about the Latinos in Tech Initiative here.

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