Silicon Valley Leadership Group Introduces Centers of Expertise to California Legislature — Highlights Ambitious Vision for Corporate Citizenship and Future Competitiveness of Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 23, 2023) — A number of dynamic Silicon Valley companies are heading to Sacramento on Tuesday, May 23, to participate in Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s (SVLG) annual Sacramento Advocacy Day — an event that brings delegation of business leaders to Sacramento for a series of conversations with key members of the executive and legislative branches of government. This year’s Advocacy Day will focus on SVLG’s new model of governance and its ambitious vision for corporate citizenship, specifically how leading corporations in Silicon Valley are working to maintain the Valley’s position as a leader in tech and innovation and ESG.   

During the day-long visit, SVLG and member companies will meet with members of the California State Assembly, State Senate, and Governor’s office. Featured speakers include a fireside chat with Dr. Shirley Weber, California’s Secretary of State, and a visit from California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta. The day will also include spotlight conversations with California Moderates, Senator Steve Glazer (District 7) and Assemblymember Tim Grayson (District 15) and a session with Assemblymember Evan Low (District 26).

“On behalf of our members, SVLG is executing against a bold vision – one that builds on our long history of public policy engagement, while simultaneously working to help make the Valley more sustainable, inclusive and equitable for all, said Ahmad Thomas, CEO of SVLG. Each year we bring a delegation of member companies to the statehouse to continue conversations about the future of our state and region.  We absolutely look forward to our yearly visit, and appreciate members of the Legislature, Governor’s Office and other agencies taking the time to connect with us.”

SVLG serves as the nation’s most dynamic business association representing the innovation economy and its ecosystem. Founded in 1977, the work remains centered on bolstering the business competitiveness of the region. Under new leadership, the organization expanded its efforts to also include an ambitious vision for corporate citizenship – activated by three Centers of Expertise (COE): Technology & Innovation, Sustainable Growth, and Inclusion & Belonging.

This year’s event aims to highlight SVLG and its member companies’ key policy priorities with the goal to advocate well-planned initiatives to accelerate critically important infrastructures for the region’s innovation economy and its ecosystems. For example, SVLG and member companies: 

• Support for increasing housing availability and affordability

• Efforts to ensure California remains the premier place to test and deploy innovative technologies 

• Work centered on increasing students’ access and exposure to the field of STEM and future careers 

• Engagement on the subjects of grid reliability and affordability and ensuring Californians have access to reliable and clean energy

For more information about SVLG member programming, visit