SAN JOSE, CA, (June 1, 2022) – The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) today published the results of its 2022 Local and Regional Candidate Questionnaire as part of its commitment to creating a more equitable, sustainable and competitive future for the communities and companies powering the innovation economy. The report includes responses from 17 candidates running for seven local and regional offices across Silicon Valley – offering a range of views on affordable housing, business competitiveness, and how to best ensure a more equitable recovery for the region’s post-pandemic economy, among other topics.
SAN JOSE, CA (May 20, 2022) — Ahmad Thomas, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, issued the following statement today in response to the release of Governor Newsom’s May Revise for FY 2022-23:
“The Silicon Valley Leadership Group thanks Governor Newsom for proposing a budget designed to help tackle our state’s most pressing problems, while providing a strong framework for growth and renewal as we emerge from an unprecedented global pandemic…”
Vince Rocha, VP of Housing & Community Development at SVLG, is a dedicated housing policy expert whose tenacity, attention to detail, and ability to connect with others form the perfect storm for political advocacy. Having grown up in affordable housing near good schools in Silicon Valley, he understands the need for everyone to have access to housing near transit and amenities. His combined passion for equity and professional excellence are a reminder of the potential for our region to house and care for all of its residents.
SVLG made waves in the infrastructure policy arena with its largest forum yet on April 27, with appearances by top Biden Administration officials on transportation and housing policy and other leading California voices on those important issues.
Viewers of the online event enjoyed an array of fascinating conversations with guest speakers including Adrianne Todman, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Katie Thomson, Director of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Implementation at the U.S. Department of Transportation; and Toks Omishakin, Secretary of the California Transportation Agency. The Forum also featured special appearances by Governor Newsom, CA Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Bay Area Transportation icon Rod Diridon, Sr., and other important voices.
According to UC Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies and the Los Angeles Times’ April 2022 poll, fifty-six percent (56%) of registered voters “support the state continuing to build the high-speed rail project.” This week the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors has the opportunity to listen to voters – invest in affordable housing, make a significant dent in greenhouse gas emissions, and continue California’s legacy as an innovation hub for the world. Approval of the San Jose to Merced environmental documents brings the state closer than ever to giving Californians what they want: electrified high-speed rail that alleviates congestion, avoids high gas prices, and addresses the climate crisis.
SAN JOSE, CA (13, April 2022) — A new study released by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation finds that the impact of automated trucking in California would increase the state’s economy by upwards of $6.5 billion or more, as well as grow wages and employment for workers without prompting mass driver layoffs. In fact, the report finds that the automated trucking industry could generate up to 2,400 new jobs in California.
In an Executive Roundtable moderated by Jason Baker, SVP of Health, Housing and Transportation Policy on April 4, special guest Congressman Ro Khanna spoke to SVLG members about his key concerns and initiatives, including Biden’s Build Back Better framework, well-crafted antitrust legislation, and U.S.-based manufacturing.
SAN JOSÉ, CA (November 19, 2021) — Leading diverse chief executives Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, and Enrique Lores, President and CEO of HP Inc., today urged their peers in Silicon Valley to establish clear, measurable and accountable business goals to drive the overdue progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Their comments were offered earlier today during the Innovating Equity Summit, hosted by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and sponsored by Genentech, the San Francisco 49ers and Blue Shield of California.
SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas releases a statement on the verdict of Kyle Rittenhouse.
SAN JOSÉ,CA (Nov 17, 2021) — The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) today announced several new speakers will join the ‘Innovating Equity’ Summit on November 19, including a closing spotlight Q&A with John Rice, Founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), and SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas. SVLG also announced the addition of an ‘Inclusive Conversation’ dialogue with California legislators Senator Sydney Kamlager and Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia and Evan Low.
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