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Silicon Valley Leadership Group 2020 – 2022 Workplan

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a public policy trade association. The Leadership Group was founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard and represents more than 360 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 education, energy, environment, health, housing, tax policies, tech and innovation, and transportation. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and contribute more than $3 trillion to the worldwide economy.


Top Priorities for Policy Areas

PRIORITY ISSUES FOR 2020

  1. Transportation: FASTER Bay Area Transformative Measure
  2. Housing: Advocate for state legislation that results in more transit-oriented development.
  3. Education: Diversifying the STEM Pipeline
  4. Environment: Address the Climate Crisis
  5. Energy: Grid Modernization, Reliability, & Resiliency
  6. Technology & Innovation: Cybersecurity
  7. Health: Increase Access, Improve Outcomes, & Reduce Cost
  8. Tax: Promote Competitive Local Tax Systems

All Priorities

Education

Diversifying the STEM Pipeline

Staff Lead: Incoming Director and Associate

Executive Champions: Bobby Bell, Tom Fallon, Doug Graham, Laura Guio, Janet Lamkin

Priority: To increase economic mobility and promote regional competitiveness, we seek
to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities pursuing and
succeeding in math and science education in order to expand and diversify the STEM
Pipeline.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Achieve passage of two state bills that either increase access to quality STEM education or address barriers to success (P-Tech, funding for STEM education, longitudinal data system).
  • Build support by meeting with chairs and members of Senate and Assembly Education Committees to advocate for the creation of a Statewide Longitudinal Student Data System while engaging with coalition of advocates.
  • Convene a panel of policy experts, including policymakers, business leaders, and school leaders to discuss how we can strengthen and support a diverse STEM pipeline.
  • Young Women’s STEM Leadership Summit (2019) and Young Men’s (2018): host 400 underserved and underrepresented students from local middle schools along with 150 executives and rising stars for an annual event promoting leadership and careers in STEM fields. Build towards more sustainable relationships between participants and potential partner organizations.
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TK-12 Education Quality

Staff Leads: Incoming Director & Associate

Executive Champion: Vicki Huff (CS-specific), Tarkan Maner, Lou Ramondetta

Priority: We seek to improve public transitional kindergarten through 12th grade education quality in order to build a strong, diverse pool of local talent for the innovation economy. In order to improve proficiency rates and shrink the achievement gap, the Leadership Group will advocate to improve and implement the new state accountability system in line with federal law with an increased focus on equity and financial and data transparency.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Achieve passage of two state bills that address the teacher shortage and promote equitable funding and accountability to improve student outcomes.
  • Achieve an increased rate of entrance to in-state teacher preparation programs through statewide funding and additional pathways to lower the percent of districts experiencing a shortage (currently a rate of 75 percent).
  • Publish an op-ed with an industry champion to promote teacher recruitment efforts and at least one op-ed or other article on CS
    education.
  • Engage with the State Board of Education to increase data transparency on the State Dashboard and define accountability measures and support mechanisms.
  • Convene a panel of policy experts, including policymakers, business leaders, and school leaders to discuss how the business community can support quality public education (including computer science).
  • Engage at least three industry partners in the Leadership Group’s CS advocacy efforts.
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Higher Education and Workforce Development

Staff Lead: David Palter

Executive Champion: Greg Becker, Raquel Gonzalez, Mary Papazian

Priority: Advocate for local, state, and federal policies that promote a strong pipeline between schools and industry and expand access to higher education. Strengthen training and direct-hire relationships between Silicon Valley colleges and employers.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Support legislation that promotes the development of industry-relevant training pathways, broadens college through career hiring opportunities, and ensures fair funding for CC, CSU, or UC programs.
  • Publish 1 op-ed on model community college-industry partnerships.
  • Convene 1 HR-targeted workshop at Education Summit.
  • Work with industry and nonprofit partners to secure 60 internships for community college students.
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Education

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Energy

Clean Energy Supply and Demand Solutions

Staff Lead: Tim McRae

Executive Champion: Barry Cinnamon, CEO, Cinnamon Energy Systems

Priority: Promote policies, financing and deployment of established and emerging clean energy technologies and strategies that green the electrical grid and reduce or reshape demand toward greenhouse gas reducing technologies. Clean energy technologies include renewable energy, storage, demand response, energy efficiency, and no- and low-carbon technology such as fuel cells and linear generators. Example strategies include promoting noncombustion and electricity-based solutions and demand when we have abundant clean supply.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Feature at least three clean energy case studies at the Energy and Sustainability Summit.
  • Advance the idea of coordinated California state clean energy financing entity via legislation or administrative adoption.
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Grid Modernization, Reliability and Resiliency

Staff Lead: Tim McRae, Vice President of Energy, Heidi Sickler, Director of Environment and Energy

Executive Champion: Walker Wright, Engie

Priority: We seek to promote participation and facilitate integration of technologies, practices and funding streams that support a safer, smarter, more resilient and more reliable gas and electric grid.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Organize executive roundtables that involve four energy “thought leaders”.
  • Achieve passage of a state bill that promotes and facilitates cost-effective technologies to support a cleaner, safer, smarter, resilient, and more reliable gas and electric grid.
  • Oppose efforts to limit markets for Distributed Energy Resource solutions.
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Zero-Emission Vehicles & EV Charging Infrastructure

Staff Lead: Heidi Sickler, Director, Energy and Environmental Policy

Executive Champions: Ryan Popple, President and CEO, Proterra; Susanna Kass, IntraHouse

Priority: Support deployment and long-term utilization of light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty ZEVs and charging infrastructure to the benefit of our members and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Quantifiable Goals: 

  • Passage of legislation that supports increased incentives for ZEVs and EV charging infrastructure adoption.
  • If appropriate, comment on regulatory agency proceedings affecting ZEV adoption and EV charging infrastructure, and their impact on California’s GHG reduction and clean air goals.
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Environment

Water Infrastructure Modernization & Supply Reliability

Staff Lead: Mike Mielke, Senior Vice President,  Environmental Programs and Policy

Key Support: Christophe LaBelle, Associate, Energy and Environment

Executive Champion: Matt Mahan, CEO, Brigade

Partners / Affiliated Orgst: 
Santa Clara Valley Water DistrictCA Natural Resources AgencyImagine H20Water FoundationBechtel Foundation

Priority: California is just recovering from a multi-year drought, followed by the wettest winter on record, and more recently catastrophic wildfires. Given the changing climate and the importance of the issue, it’s not surprising that water is close to the top of the list of global risk factors, and that businesses are responding to the demands of shareholders, customers, and investors for greater accountability on this material issue. Understanding and mitigating future water risk is of central importance.

Water is vital to the California economy that is subject to numerous and competing demands. It is especially important that we encourage continued innovation in and financing for the water sector, so that our economy can continue to grow as our population increases, all while we wrestle with the new normal of increasingly severe climate-induced droughts. In 2018, we will work to ensure Silicon Valley has the water it needs to thrive.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Focus on implementation of WaterFix and help drive the project forward to the next stage
  • Engage on, and support new water financing (i.e., Nov 2018 water bond, SB 623 &/or water fee)
  • Support water sector innovation by helping guide the implementation of the Open and Transparent Water Data Act
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Zero-Emission Vehicles & EV Charging Infrastructure

Staff Lead: HEIDI SICKLER, Director, Energy and Environment

Executive Champions:

RYAN POPPLE, President and CEO, PROTERRA, and SVLG Executive Board member

SUSANNA KASS, Executive Vice President, Innovation and Sustainability, BASELAYER

Priority: In California, transportation electrification represents the largest near-term opportunity to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution to help California meet its climate and clean air goals. Our ongoing goal is to support the deployment of light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure to curb the 40% in carbon emissions generated by California’s transportation sector — the largest of any sector in California in terms of emissions.

What is the importance of such work for the innovation-economy? Deployment of ZEVs and EV charging infrastructure were among our members’ 2018 Energy and Environment priorities — the Leadership Group took positions on ten ZEV bills and five ZEV and EV infrastructure regulations.  This year, the Leadership Group has taken a “Support” position on CARB’s zero-emission airport shuttle rule, and a “Support if Amended” position on AB 40 (Ting), the Clean Cars 2040 Strategy.

ZEV policies and regulations are of importance to the Leadership Group and the Bay Area because they have a direct impact on the Leadership Group members’ bottom line, including zero-emission bus, automotive, storage, EV charging, clean energy and autonomous vehicle companies.

Quantifiable Goals: 

By fueling a variety of vehicles with clean electric power instead of fossil fuels, we can help California meet its economic and clean air goals. Specific goals in this area include:

  1. Passage of federal and state legislation supporting increased incentives for ZEVs and EV charging infrastructure adoption.
  2. Comment on 1-2 regulatory agency proceedings affecting ZEV adoption, and ZEV’s impact on California’s clean air goals, including CARB’s zero-emission airport shuttle rule.

Problem We Are Trying to Solve: Improve air quality by reducing the 40 percent in GHG and smog- forming emissions from California’s transportation sector – the largest of any sector in California in terms of emissions – by accelerating the deployment of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and EV charging infrastructure.

Outcomes:

Engage and provide direction to the California Air Resources Board, California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission on the most important actions to be executed to enable progress toward the 2025 ZEV goals

Advocate for state and federal legislation to further the ZEV market and California’s GHG emissions reduction and clean air goals

Showcase ZEV adoption and EV charging infrastructure best practices at the Leadership Group’s June 14 Energy and Sustainability Summit

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Reduce Global Warming Pollution & Other Related Air Emissions

Staff Lead: Mike Mielke, Senior Vice President, Environmental Programs and Policy

Key Support: Heidi Sickler, Director, Environment and Energy; Christophe LaBelle, Associate, Environment and Energy

Executive Champion: Ian Monroe, President and CEO, Etho Capital; Jon Chorley, CSO, Oracle

Partners / Affiliated Orgs: BCLCCBIHewlett FoundationEnergy FoundationPRGCeresCDPGreenBiz

Priority: In the absence of political action at the federal level, it is important to support thoughtful policies in California that can serve as a model for action elsewhere, and to consider what business can do to advance the conversation. California is widely and deservedly looked to as a leader for action on climate change and high-tech, in many ways, demonstrably leading the way in terms of advancing energy efficiency for their facilities, acquiring renewable energy to power their operations, to advancing renewable power policies at the local and state level. In 2018, we will continue to support policy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing business growth and leadership.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Support and seek passage of two state climate change mitigation bills
  • Form a partnership with a key ally in the Environmental Justice movement
  • Summit:
    • Showcase at least three case studies that focus on the how, why and return on investment for climate action
    • Engage legislators in a discussion with business on concrete action and policy
  • Creation of a high-tech federal climate action working group and development of principles for action
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SF Bay Restoration & Resilience

Staff Lead: Mike Mielke, Senior Vice President, Environmental Programs and Policy

Key Support: Christophe LaBelle, Associate, Energy and Environment

Executive Champion: Kyra Whitten, VP, LAM Research

Partners / Affiliated Orgs:
 Save the BaySFBRACA Coastal CommissionBay Area Council

Priority: San Francisco Bay is more than just the geographic heart of the area; it is the crowning jewel that defines our region and provides for a high quality of life. The health and sustainability of the Bay is intertwined with the very health and sustainability of the region. In short, a healthy and resilient San Francisco Bay able to withstand the threat of sea level rise, where thousands of animal and plant species and human co-habitants can thrive now and in the future, is of vital importance to the region’s populace and infrastructure. In 2018, we will work to support wetlands restoration and flood mitigation efforts in the San Francisco Bay to the benefit of our members and the region as the next several years are of central importance, in terms of cementing and building on the success of Measure AA.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Focus on the importance of healthy wetlands and restoration via media and events throughout the year
  • Creation of Bay Area Baylands Caucus in the state legislature
  • Guide funding to key wetlands restoration projects, per Measure AA, through participation on the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Advisory Board
  • Development of and acceptance of common vision of success
  • Identification of additional resources for restoration work
  • Development of a widely accepted plan of action for wetlands permit coordination
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Government Relations

Silicon Valley Outreach and Engagement

Staff Lead: Kristen Petersen, Senior Associate of Government Relations, Aakash Vashee, Associate of Government Relations

Priority: Organize 60 strategic policy roundtables with legislators at the local, state, and federal levels with the goals of deepening legislative relationships and moving policy forward.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Organize a grand total of 60 strategic roundtables between member company CEOs, C-suite officers, top government affairs professionals, women executives, and elected officials.
  • Invite locally elected officials from Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, San Francisco and Santa Cruz Counties and their respective county supervisors, city mayors, vice mayors, city managers and chief information/ technology officers to 7 different individual, localized roundtables.
  • Strengthen the “Silicon Valley Caucus” with 50 executive participants and 13 legislators through 3 roundtable sessions hosted by Leadership Group Board CEOs with 2 to be held in Sacramento Government Relations 2020-2022 Workplan.
  • Account for each “win-win” policy agenda item in a quantifiable log which can be used to track roundtable progress.
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Washington D.C. Advocacy Trip

Staff Lead: Aakash Vashee and Kristen Petersen

Priority: Plan and execute at least 1 Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip. The trip shall be in coordination with policy leads, member companies, and other various stakeholders to determine the Leadership Group’s federal policy priorities.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Engage at least 45 Board Members, CEOs, Senior Officers, and local public officials to participate on the Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip.
  • Meet with 45 different legislators and or offices on the Trip.
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Sacramento Advocacy Trip

Staff Leads: Aakash Vashee and Kristen Petersen

Priority: Plan and execute the annual Sacramento Advocacy Trip. The trip shall be in coordination with policy leads, member companies, and other various stakeholders to determine the Leadership Group’s California state policy priorities.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Engage at least 45 Board members, CEOs and local public officials to participate on the Sacramento Advocacy Trip.
  • Execute at least 1 Sacramento Advocacy Trip, with increased Sacramento engagement throughout the year.
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Health Policy

Increase Access, Improve Outcomes, & Reduce Cost

Staff Lead: Kathleen Wortham, Senior Associate, Housing & Health Policy

Executive Champion: TBD

Priority: Advocate for health care policies that increase access to care while improving outcomes and affordability within the system.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Advocate for 1-2 legislative issues (bills) each year, including tracking and monitoring bills, letters of support, testifying, calls to legislators, meetings with key members and staff, and highlighted priorities for Sacramento/DC advocacy trips.
  • Host 1 roundtable discussion with an elected official or healthcare industry leader to provide a forum for discussing pertinent policy issues related to health care.
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Promote & Protect Innovative Healthcare Solutions

Staff Lead: Kathleen Wortham, Senior Associate, Housing & Health Policy

Executive Champion:
TBD

Priority: Promote and protect policies which foster emerging innovations to advance health care.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Advocate for 1-2 legislative issues (bills) each year, including tracking and monitoring bills, letters of support, testifying, calls to legislators, meetings with key members and staff, and highlighted priorities for Sacramento/DC advocacy trips.
  • Host 1 “Innovation Tour” with member companies to educate elected officials, legislative staff, and senior executives on policy issues and showcase cutting edge technologies.
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Mental and Behavioral Health

Staff Lead: Kathleen Wortham, Senior Associate, Housing & Health Policy

Executive Champion: 
TBD

Priority: Support policies and programs that destigmatize mental health conditions and improve accessibility and outcomes of mental health services.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Advocate for 1-2 legislative issues (bills) each year, including tracking and monitoring bills, letters of support, testifying, calls to legislators, meetings with key members and staff, and highlighted priorities for Sacramento/DC advocacy trips.
  • Host 1 “Expert Forum” or tour during health committee meetings to help identify business and community health engagement opportunities.
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Health

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Housing

State Legislative and Policy Efforts

Staff Lead:  Vince Rocha, Senior Director of Housing and Community Development

Priority: Be a recognized state housing leader, advocating for state legislation that results in more transitoriented development, moderate-income housing, and streamlined local development process. Also support increased funding for low-income affordable housing, and RHNA and CEQA reform.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Ensure that at least five supported housing bills pass their house of origin with at least one each of the priority areas (TOD, workforce / moderate-income housing, and better facilitated local development process).
  • Ensure that at least three supported bills pass both the Assembly and Senate and at least two supported bills are signed by Governor into law.
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Local Land Use Planning, Zoning Policy, and Community Engagement

Staff Lead:  Vince Rocha, Senior Director of Housing and Community Development

Priority: Engage in local land use planning and zoning policy with a priority on upcoming BART stationareas and high-quality transit corridors.

  • Facilitate stakeholder meeting around land use and zoning for the upcoming San Jose and Santa Clara BART stations.
  • Engage as a sitting member in at least two land use planning public advisory groups.
  • Partner on at least one joint co-presented community educational workshops.
  • Engage as a sitting member in at least two land use planning advisory groups, including two substantive convening around land use and zoning around BART stations.
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Project Advocacy

Staff Lead: Kat Wortham, Senior Associate, Health and Housing

Priority: Promote and advocate for transit-oriented and high-density development within strategic and economically viable areas. Partner with developers to maximize housing and community potential on specific sites.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Meet with at least five developers to understand their housing development approaches and to steward strong partnerships.
  • Endorse 7 housing proposals in Housing Committee.
  • Of the endorsed housing proposals that will come to a decision in 2020, including those endorsed prior to 2020, at least 75% of the housing proposals are approved for development by the city or county in which they are proposed.
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Housing

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Tax Policy

Oppose Split Roll Ballot Measure

Staff Lead: Dan Kostenbauder, Vice President, Tax Policy

Priority: Member companies and other businesses in California and Silicon Valley are subject to real property taxes on the same basis as residential taxpayers. Businesses, however, are also subject to business personal property taxes, which residential taxpayers are not. In addition to higher taxes, split roll provisions based on periodic assessment at fair market value of real property would impose significant administrative costs and uncertainty on both businesses and governments in California and Silicon Valley.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Success of the “No on Split Roll” campaign.
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Oppose Taxation of Business to Business Services

Staff Lead: Dan Kostenbauder, Vice President, Tax Policy

Priority: The Leadership Group can provide critical leadership to oppose taxes on business to business services. Many member companies provide business services, and all member companies purchase business services. This could be a major tax increase that would make California less competitive. It can also be a complex system for companies to comply with and for tax authorities to audit.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • No legislation imposing taxes on business to business services. If we cannot prevent the imposition of sales tax on business services, then a secondary position would be to mitigate the most adverse effects and to minimize compliance difficulties.
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Promote Competitive Local Tax Systems

Staff Lead: Dan Kostenbauder, Vice President, Tax Policy

Priority: Local governments in Silicon Valley often put business taxes on the ballot that flow to the general fund, rather than to specific purposes that provide some benefits for businesses. It is important that these taxes be reasonable in amount, be dedicated to specific purposes, and are not unreasonably large on any particular business.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Avoiding passage of local government business tax measures that do not comply with Leadership Group criteria for local tax increases.
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Sponsor Technology Transfer Agreement Bill (if viable)

Staff Lead: Dan Kostenbauder, Vice President, Tax Policy

Priority: The Nortel and Lucent decisions involve technology transfer agreements that provide statutory protection against unintended sales tax. Helping to preclude any California Department of Tax and Fee Administration rules that would result in any loss of such statutory protection would benefit many member companies. Legislation to provide clarification to the Technology Transfer Agreement rules would be important to member companies.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Passage of legislation or adoption of regulations that would clarify the Technology Transfer Agreement rules in a way favorable to Members.
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Tech and Innovation

Fintech

Staff Lead: Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation

Executive Champion: Chris Larsen, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Ripple

Priority:The Leadership Group seeks to position California as a national leader for innovative fintech and blockchain technologies by supporting efforts that clarify the classification of digital assets and set the scope of appropriate financial activity in this space.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Convene two roundtables with members of the California Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions, and the Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance (one in Silicon Valley, one in Sacramento).
  • Devise and propose future legislation to Committee chairs that accelerates the acceptance and activation of fintech and blockchain technologies.
  • Host federal policymakers (e.g., House Financial Services Committee, Senate Committee on Banking, or relevant agencies) for an education roundtable on fintech.
  • Include fintech advocacy in DC Trip advocacy and bring 4 fintech executives with our delegation.
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Cybersecurity

Staff Lead: Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation

Executive Champion: Ainsley Braun, Tinfoil Security; Ash Padwal, Allied Telesis

Priority: The Leadership Group will promote public-private solutions to security challenges, including advocacy for a regional Cyber Reserve force of private sector volunteers, working to increase government funding for cyber workforce training, advocating for security resources for SMEs and municipalities, and promoting industry-led standards.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Advocate for a Cyber National Reserves with elected officials
    • Meet with five elected officials/staff to propose and discuss issue
    • Draft Cyber-specific collateral for meetings with elected officials
    • Present elected officials with letter from member companies echoing their support for Cyber National Reserves
    • Identify a congressional representative to carry a bill calling for the creation of a Cyber National Reserves
    • Assist congressional representative with substance of a bill for Cyber National Reserve
  • Seek increased funding for cybersecurity workforce training
    • Include as an element of existing advocacy for scientific research funding
    • Meet with twelve elected officials/staff to propose and discuss issue
  • Support legislation increasing security resources for public and private sectors, with special attention to SMEs and municipalities
    • Meet with twelve public officials, especially OES’s, to devise ideas
  • If security standards are proposed, advocate they be led by industry
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Scientific Research Funding

Staff Lead: Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation

Executive Champion: Matthew Brown, BD Biosciences

Priority: The Tech and Innovation Committee will advocate for increased federal funding for early-stage research, and educate legislators about the risks of falling behind global competitors in an “innovation deficit.”

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Meet with twelve congressional representatives and/or staff for advocacy
    • Provide each representative with the economic impact of research funding to their district
  • Draft an op-ed about the declining rates of US funding relative to global competitors
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Automated Vehicles

Staff Lead:  Paul Escobar, Senior Director of Policy and Education Programs, Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Vice President of Technology and Innovation

Priority: The Tech and Innovation Committee will advocate for a regulatory environment that promotes expeditious testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Central to this effort is educating legislators and the general public about the potential economic and
social benefits of automated vehicles, while addressing concerns people may have.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Host roundtable with legislators and member companies
  • Draft two op-eds around public’s concerns with automated vehicles
  • Provide testimony in state and federal regulation processes
  • Support legislation for national standards of AV technology and safety
  • Oppose regulations that create a patchwork of regulations
  • Participate in DMV, CPUC, and other agencies’ workshops and public hearings
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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Staff Lead: Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation Policy

Executive Champion: Ash Padwal, Allied Telesis

Priority: Encourage the federal and state governments to support the development of a robust AI industry in the US and California, and make use of this technology to improve government operations.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Encourage the government to increase funding for the research and development of AI technology
  • Advocate that the government integrate AI technology into their operations
  • Promote AI education as a component of workforce development
  • Emphasize possibilities for Human-AI partnerships in the job market
  • Encourage the public release of datasets regarding government operations and productivity to use information to develop AI around the areas of greatest need
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Data Privacy

Staff Lead: Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation Policy

Executive Champion: TBD

Priority: International and state governments have taken steps to impose privacy standards on companies regarding how they may access and use the data of consumers. Political trends indicate there will be further legislation defining what a company may or may not do with such data, and the penalties for non-compliance.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Meet with twelve congressional representatives and/or their offices to advocate for single federal data protection standard that incorporates the strategies above.
  • Meet with twelve state legislators to advocate that any data privacy legislation include the strategies above.
  • Work with member companies to devise a sample risk assessment that can be provided to state and federal legislators.
  • Work with member companies to define what constitutes an acceptable level of residual risk.
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Technology & Innovation

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Transportation

FASTER Bay Area Transformative Transportation Measure

Staff Lead: Carl Guardino – President & CEO, Jason Baker – Vice President, Housing and Transportation Policy, Matthew Quevedo – Director, Transportation and Community Engagement, Stephen Tu – Interim Director, Transportation

Executive Champions: TBD

Priority: Advocate and participate in the development of expenditure plans, policy frameworks and placement on the ballot, of a nine-county FASTER Bay Area measure to raise approximately $100 Billion in the first 40 years, dedicated to building and operating a world-class, seamless transit system that connects the Bay Area.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Partially Completed (Light Green) for 2020: Succeed in getting draft enabling legislation passed by the legislature by early 2020 directing MTC to put FASTER Bay Area on the ballot.
  • Fully Completed (Dark Green) for 2020: Successfully fundraise for and complete outreach through a robust nine-county campaign to pass FASTER Bay Area by a 2/3 threshold.
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BART Opening Celebration & Advocacy

Staff Lead: Jason Baker – Vice President of Housing, Transportation and Community Development,  Matthew Quevedo – Director, Transportation and Community Engagement, Stephen Tu – Interim Director, Transportation

Executive Champion: TBD

Priority: Plan and execute an event that celebrates the success and opening of BART to Silicon Valley, Phase 1. Continue advocacy at the Federal, State and Local levels for BART funding and desired implementation.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Partially Completed (Light Green): Complete event that celebrates the completion of BART Phase I.
  • Fully Completed (Dark Green): Complete trip to Sacramento/Washington D.C. advocating for BART at the State and Federal level.
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Peninsula Commute Solutions

Staff Lead: Jason Baker – Vice President, Housing and Transportation Policy, Matthew Quevedo – Director, Transportation and Community Engagement, Stephen Tu – Interim Director, Transportation

Executive Champion: TBD

Priority: Advocate for projects and service changes that promote transit ridership and reduce traffic congestion.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Partially Completed (Light Green): Successful completion of the Caltrain Business Plan, and advocate for Highway 101 Managed Lane, Dumbarton Bridge and Diridon Station efforts in 2019.
  • Fully Completed (Dark Green): Ensure plans focused on the Business Plan, Electrification, Managed Lane Project, Dumbarton Bridge and Diridon Station reflects Leadership Group efforts and priorities to reduce SOV ridership and maximize commuter rail ridership along the corridor (2019).
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Transportation

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* 2019-2021 workplan here.

* 2018-2020 workplan here.

* 2017 workplan here.

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