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With only months before the 2020 presidential primaries, we are excited to introduce the Road to the White House Town Hall series in partnership with KQED. This series is an opportunity to introduce candidates to the Silicon Valley and to ensure more people hear their policy positions.

The presidential primary candidates featured in the Road to the White House Town Hall series, do not constitute or imply an endorsement by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, its member companies, KQED, and town hall host sites. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily state or reflect those of the said organizations.

All town halls will be taped for future airing on KQED and moderated by the Leadership Group’s CEO, Carl Guardino and KQED’s Scott Shafer. Find summaries and more information on our recent candidates below.

Jay Inslee

Washington State Governor

May 1, 2019 | Silicon Valley Community Foundation

The Leadership Group, in partnership with KQED launched our first in a series of “Road to the White House” Town Halls featuring presidential primary candidate, Governor Jay Inslee.

Introduced by CEO Nicole Taylor, KQED’s Senior Editor for Politics and Government Scott Shafer and the Leadership Group’s CEO Carl Guardino sat down with Governor Inslee to discuss climate change, jobs, immigration and privacy.

Listen on KQED

Julián Castro

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary

May 17, 2019 | Santa Clara University

The Leadership Group, in partnership with KQED held our second town hall featuring former HUD Secretary under the Obama administration and presidential primary candidate, Julián Castro.

San Jose Mayor, Sam Liccardo, Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Nicole Taylor and Santa Clara University’s President, Father Engh introduced Castro to a room of students, CEOs and community members. Some topics covered were jobs, immigration and education.

Listen on KQED

Eric Swalwell


June 14, 2019 | Scoop

The Leadership Group and KQED held the third town hall in the “Road to the White House” series with three-term Congressman Eric Swalwell, representing California’s 15th Congressional District.

Swalwell is the only 2020 candidate making gun violence  the top policy priority, and the only candidate proposing a mandatory national buyback of all military-style assault weapons. His other campaign priorities include providing health care for all and investing in finding cures for our deadliest diseases; reducing student loan debt; and combating climate chaos.

Listen on KQED
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