Fireside Chat with U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, Presented by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in Partnership with The Commonwealth Club on January 13, 2020

This event is open to press coverage. Media who plan to cover in person must RSVP to Riki Rafner at by Friday, January 10, 2020, 12 noon.

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Fireside Chat with U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, Presented by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in Partnership with The Commonwealth Club on January 13, 2020

What: U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, in conversation with Carl Guardino, CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, will discuss current foreign policy challenges and issues of economic security.

U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo was sworn in on April 26, 2018. He previously served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 to April 2018.  Mr. Pompeo graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the U.S. Army’s Fourth Infantry Division. After leaving active duty, Secretary Pompeo graduated from Harvard Law School, having been an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Carl Guardino is Past Chair of, and serving his fourth consecutive term on, the California Transportation Commission and is President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association that represents more than 340 Silicon Valley companies. His transportation leadership includes management of ballot Measures A and B that funded nineteen key road and rail improvements, and co-managed a traffic relief initiative that would generate $7.5 billion in local funds. Guardino also led a three-year effort that would generate an additional $6.5 billion in local funds for traffic relief improvements. In 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated Guardino to a four-year term on the California Transportation Commission and has been reappointed twice by Governor Jerry Brown. In 2000, the San Jose Mercury News recognized Guardino as one of the “Five Most Powerful” people in Silicon Valley, in a once-per-decade “Power Study”. He received a B.A. in Political Science from San Jose State University, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus.  

When: Monday, January 13, 2020
4:00 p.m. program

Where: The Commonwealth Club Taube Family Auditorium
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

Tickets: Sold out.

Contacts: The Commonwealth Club: Riki Rafner, Media/Public Relations Director, (415) 597-6712.
Media please RSVP to

Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Pam Kelly, Sr. Marketing Communications Manager, (408) 483-2410,


About Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 340 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality, and the environment.

About The Commonwealth Club of California

Founded in 1903, The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s premier public affairs forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 25,000 members. Based in San Francisco with a second office in San Jose, the Club hosts nearly 500 speeches and discussions each year on issues of regional, national and international significance. The Commonwealth Club’s weekly radio broadcast airs on more than 230 public and commercial stations across the country. The Club’s podcasts are downloaded more than 5 million times each year. The Club’s videos also appear on the California Channel, C-SPAN and YouTube, where they have been viewed millions of times. For the past 11 decades, the Club has fostered free speech and civic dialogue on a wide range of topics, addressing key issues in society, culture, politics, the economy, national security and more. For more information, visit