The SVLG Foundation

Making a Measurable Impact in Our Community

The SVLG Foundation

Making a Measurable Impact in Our Community

Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the region by raising and distributing funds for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and other needs.

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

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

Board Members


Executive Director

sonu ratra


Morado Consulting
Michelle VonderHaar


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Tom Hayse


Nadia Ahmad


Ernestine Fu

Brave Capital

Jacob Martinez

Digital NEST

Vishal Verma

Edgewood Ventures

charlotta carter
Charlotta Carter

GRI Technical Solutions

Janikke Klem
Janikke Klem

Heritage Bank of Commerce

James Snell

Perkins Coie

Kyra Whitten


Morado Consulting
Kim Fennell
Jenni Luke

San Francisco 49ers

Kathleen King

Events & Initiatives

Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot benefits local charitable organizations, including the Healthier Kids Foundation, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust. Founded in 2005, the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot has donated over $10 million to support those most in need in our communities and is the largest Thanksgiving Day race in the country.


Hire Learning

Introduced in 2018, our Community College to Career program, now called Hire Learning, has worked with Leadership Group member companies, Silicon Valley community colleges, and partner nonprofits to provide over 2,000 work-based learning, career exposure, and hiring opportunities to community college students. This initiative provides work-based learning opportunities to students, expands opportunity, diversifies the STEM pipeline, and gives them an entry point into some of the world’s most interesting and innovative companies.

Lam Research Heart & Soles Run

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, created the Heart & Soles Run/Walk event to benefit children’s health and wellness in Silicon Valley. Lam Research lent its support as the Title Sponsor, and in 2014 the Lam Research Heart & Soles Run was founded. Since then, the race has raised over $800,000 for our benefiting organizations.

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Santa Run Silicon Valley

The “Santa Run Silicon Valley” supports Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice. Over $400,000 has been raised to keep these cherished holiday traditions in San Jose. It has also collected almost 2,000 children's books in five years for Reading Partners. This 5K Run/Walk is fun for the whole family. Runners 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 milk and cookies!

Want to learn more about the SVLG Foundation?

Contact the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation