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Silicon Valley Leadership Group 2019 – 2021 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

Education & Workforce Development

Diversify the STEM pipeline through quality STEM education
• Advocate for statewide longitudinal data system
• Promote STEM programs including P-Tech & STEM Pathways
• Host 300+ students at Alternating Youth Leadership Summits

Advocate for policies to support quality K-12 education
• Increase School funding & transparency
• Support teacher recruitment & retention

Pass legislation to implement computer science rollout & facilitate quarterly CSinSV meetings to develop a
county-wide CS implementation strategy

Advocate for increased certificate, degree, & transfer completion rates at community colleges & universities, & build training & hiring relationships with employers through the Community College to Career Initiative (CC2C)
• Advise Master Plan for Higher Education
• Secure 40 internships for community college students
• Engage 510 students & 155 industry professionals

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Energy

Support a cleaner, safer, smarter, resilient, & more reliable gas & electric grid through the facilitation of integrated cost-effective technologies, programs, & markets

Promote deployment, integration & financing of clean energy technologies

Support deployment of zero-emission vehicles – light, medium, & heavy-duty – & charging infrastructure.

Promote energy efficiency, demand response, & reduce energy waste

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Environment

Promote water infrastructure modernization & supply reliability

Support deployment of zero-emission vehicles – light, medium, & heavy-duty – & charging infrastructure.

Guide SF Bay restoration efforts and resilience, support development of a widely accepted vision of a healthy resilient Bay Area & educate decision makers

Support policy that reduces greenhouse gas & other air emissions while protecting & enhancing our member’s interests

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Health

Advance health care policies that improve access, increase resiliency, promote innovation, & reduce costs in health care

Educate policy makers through tours & dialogues at Bay Area health care companies

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Housing

Lead state housing affordability efforts for:
• Legislation resulting in more transit-oriented & moderate-income housing
• Streamlined local development process
• Increased funding for low-income affordable housing, & RHNA & CEQA reform

Engage in local land use planning & zoning policy prioritizing upcoming BART station areas & high-quality transit corridors
• Educate community on planning & development processes

Advocate for transit-oriented & high-density development within strategic & economically viable areas
• Partner with home builders to maximize housing & community potential on specific sites

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Tax

Promote competitive tax system. Educate decision makers about the effects on businesses of onerous tax legislation & ballot measures & Split Roll/Split Rate on business

Support solutions to expand R&D spending including repeal of federal R&D amortization

Support conformity to federal tax law, except for R&D amortization

Influence California response to court decisions
• Wayfair
• Nortel/Lucent

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Tech & Innovation

Promote public-private solutions for cybersecurity, support a unified data privacy standard, & advocate for cyber workforce resources, including a Cyber National Reserve

Advocate for autonomous vehicles through regulatory policies promoting expeditious testing, deployment &
growing government resources for AI/ML

Support increased skilled immigration visas to encourage US innovation in the global marketplace & workforce access

Advocate for increased funding of American R&D

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Transportation

Co-Lead a Bay Area traffic relief or multi-county initiative: Advocate for development of expenditure plans,
policy frameworks & ballot placement of a three-county Caltrain Measure &/or a nine-county Bay Area Measure

Advocate for BART funding for desired implementation for “Phase ll” to downtown San Jose/Santa Clara

US 101/Caltrain corridor mobility solutions
• Advocate for projects/service changes promoting Caltrain ridership and reduce traffic along the 101

Innovative mobility solutions: Advocate for innovative solutions to help reduce traffic congestion & improve mobility
throughout the Bay Area

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All Priorities

Education

Higher Education and Workforce Development

Staff Lead: Margaret Daoud-Gray & David Palter

Executive Champion: Mary Papazian, Raquel Gonzalez, Greg Becker, Bill Nagel

Priority: Challenge: Build a qualified, diverse pool of local talent for the innovation economy and grow our middle class.
Solution: 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:

  • Achieve passage of 2 state bills that increase enrollment and completion rates for community college Career Technical Education programs, promote the development of industry-relevant training pathways, or ensure fair funding for CC, CSU, or UC programs.
  • Host “vital workforce conversations” with 3 Leadership Group policy committees (committee members and their HR colleagues) in order to
    facilitate 6 curriculum development and/or work-based learning partnerships.
  • 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 100 internships, externships, and hires for community college students.
  • Prepare a report identifying hiring practices addressing barriers to present to the Silicon Valley Career Pathways Consortium.
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TK-12 Education Quality

Staff Leads: Margaret Daoud-Gray & Alysa Cisneros

Executive Champion: Lou Ramondetta & Tarkan Maner

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. 2018 statewide tests show 50 percent of students proficient in English and 39 percent proficient in math; Santa Clara students score slightly higher at 61 percent English and 55 percent math proficiency with persistent achievement gaps between student subgroups. 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. Additionally, the Leadership Group seeks to address the teacher shortage, currently impacting 75 percent of districts, through state policy and funding to recruit and retain effective teachers, with a focus on STEM subject areas and low-income districts.

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
  • Engage with the State Board of Education to increase data transparency on the State Dashboard and define accountability measures and support mechanisms
  • Host new State Superintendent at a convening of member company representatives
  • Convene a panel of policy experts, including policymakers, business leaders, and school leaders to discuss how the business community can support quality public education
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Diversifying the STEM Pipeline

Staff Lead: Margaret Daoud-Gray

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

Priority: By 2030, California will fall an estimated 1.1 million bachelor’s degrees short of economic demand. The California Employment Development Department estimates that there will be 577,120 STEM positions in the Silicon Valley by 2024. With the advance of technology changing the nature of work, the business community must take a proactive role in preparing students. 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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Computer Science Education

Staff Leads: Paul Escobar & Alysa Cisneros

Executive Champion: TBD

Priority: Of California schools with AP courses, only one in four offer an AP Computer Science (CS) course. In our region only Oakland and San Francisco have elementary to high school pipelines. There are no school districts in the Silicon Valley region that offer a comprehensive CS pipeline. The Leadership Group will lead the CSinSV coalition advocacy campaign, which brings together partners from a cross-section of different sectors (business, education, government) in order to promote and build awareness of the importance of computer science, and to foster the political will and corporate engagement needed to bring CS to SV. In addition, the Leadership Group will participate in the CSforCA initiative, which advocates for access to K-12 CS education (both in and out of school) in the state of California — specifically for low-income and underrepresented populations. All school districts should offer CS pathways that support students from cradle to career, with a focus on students underrepresented in STEM fields.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Actively track and help pass at least one bill to expand access to CS.
  • Publish at least one op-ed or other article on CS education.
  • Facilitate quarterly CSinSV coalition meetings.
  • Advocate with district partners and community leaders for the creation of a county-wide CS strategy.
  • Secure 4-5 Santa Clara County district superintendent signatories to the CSinCA pledge letter.
  • Engage at least three industry partners in the CS portfolio.
  • Incorporate CS as a discussion subject in the annual Education Summit and consider awards/recognition for CS leaders.
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Community College to Career Initiative (CC2C)

Staff Lead: David Palter, Sr. Associate of Workforce Policy

Executive Champions: Greg Becker, Mary Papazian, Raquel Gonzalez, Bill Nagel, Deanna Santana, Byron Breland, Ibi Krukrubo, Matt Tanzi

Priority:  We believe that community colleges in Silicon Valley are in a unique position to partner with several industry clusters in our innovation economy to provide education and training – in an expedited way – for jobs that will provide solid middle-class incomes.  Utilizing a systems change approach that builds on and extends the Leadership Group and Leadership Group Foundation’s longstanding relationships with industry, government, education, and nonprofit partners, CC2C strives to foster stronger science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and career technical education (CTE) training and hiring relationships between innovation-economy employers and all 17 colleges in eight Silicon Valley community college districts.

Quantifiable Goals:

Work-Based Learning Deliverables

  • Internships/Hires: 75 students
  • Externships in CyberSecurity: 25
  • Guest Speaker Lectures: 15 classes (reaching 25 students each)
  • Employers to Assist with Curriculum Development: 5

Convenings

  • Stage a series of “vital workforce conversations” that bring together community college leaders – CCCO Deputy Sector Navigators, deans, and faculty – and Leadership Group members on the gap between CC training and industry need in three sectors: tech, transportation, and housing
  • Education Summit: host a workshop on internships and apprenticeships for 200 Silicon Valley employers and educators

Community College System

  • Encourage better curricula coordination within and between the three tiers of our higher education system, so that students moving between these institutions can follow clearly articulated educational and training pathways
  • Expedite the curriculum review process and empower faculty and deans working with industry boards at the local level to embed industry-relevant competencies in their curricula
  • Address the institutionalized, but increasingly anachronistic divide between academic and career technical education divisions. Integrate academic and CTE classes into CC and CSU departments, and encourage applied learning as a foundational aspect of all curricula
  • Encourage the state to incentivize employer engagement with schools, shifting industry norms from simply hosting third-year interns during the summer to working closely with CC departments throughout the year, and at every post-secondary level through apprenticeships, dual-training or similar work-based learning
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Education

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Energy

Grid Modernization and Reliability

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

Executive Champion: Joe Plubell, Sr. VP Global Strategic Programs, Black and Veatch

Priority: Our Energy team advocates for policies and programs that reflect reliable, high-quality, environmentally-responsible, and competitively-priced energy and power in an open and transparent market-based system in California. Grid Modernization and Reliability supports a safer, smarter, more reliable gas and electric grid.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Offer comments in two CPUC proceedings on Distributed Energy Resources
  • Organize executive round tables that involve four energy “thought leaders”
  • Achieve passage of a state bill that will expand the CAISO in order to increase grid efficiencies, reduce curtailment of renewable, increase the integration of Distributed Energy Resources on the grid and save on energy costs for ratepayers
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Clean Energy Supply

Staff Lead: Tim McRae, Vice President of Energy

Executive Champion: Barry Cinnamon, CEO, Cinnamon Energy Systems

Priority: We seek to promote financing and deployment of clean energy and emerging technologies to help the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and assist our member companies in meeting their sustainability and bottom line goals. The Leadership Group defines “Clean Energy” to include promotion of renewable energy, storage, demand response, energy efficiency, and no- and low-carbon technology such as fuel cells.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Achieve passage of three state bills that advance clean energy goals as broadly defined above
  • Feature at least three clean energy case studies at the Energy and Sustainability Summit
  • Advance the idea of a Clean Energy Ombudsman housed at Go-Biz either via legislation or administrative adoption
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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, 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 — SVLG took positions on ten ZEV bills and five ZEV and EV infrastructure regulations.  This year, SVLG 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 – 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 SVLG’s June 14 Energy and Sustainability Summit

Partners/Affiliated Orgs: EV Drive Coalition, Electric Vehicle Charging Association, Advanced Energy Economy, Veloz, CALSTART, Charge Across Town, California Fuel Cell Partnership, Energy Independence Now, Better World Group, Plug-In America, NRDC, California Electric Transportation Coalition, Energy Foundation, and California Environmental and Energy Consulting.

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Demand Side Solutions

Staff Lead: Tim McRae, Vice President of Energy

Executive Champion: Mona Tierney-Lloyd, Senior Director of Western Regulatory Affairs, EnerNOC

Priority: The Leadership Group seeks to promote energy efficiency, demand response, and reduce energy waste by advocating for state and federal legislation, policies, and programs that support these efforts. Our goal is to also achieve passage of a state bill that promotes demand side solutions, which can include solutions that match periods of peak clean supply with California demand to address the issues laid out in the CA ISO “duck curve.”

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Organize two presentations at Energy Committee on energy efficiency and/or demand response
  • Achieve passage of a state bill that promotes demand side solutions, which can include solutions that match periods of peak clean supply with California demand to address the issues laid out in the CA ISO “duck curve”
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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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Environment

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Government Relations

Silicon Valley Outreach and Engagement

Staff Lead: Michael Lomio, Director of Government Relations

Executive Champion:
 Lou Ramondetta, President, Surplus Services

Priority:  Through the creation of 50 strategic roundtables, the Leadership Group Government Relations team will connect Silicon Valley executives with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels of government. These roundtables provide an opportunity for members to create dialogue, to share ideas, and to build stronger relationships with other member companies and various stakeholders.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • organize a total of 50 strategic roundtables between member company CEOs, C-suite officers, top government affairs professionals, women executives,  and elected officials
  • account for each “win-win” policy agenda item in a quantifiable log which can be used to track roundtable progress
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Annual Federal and State Advocacy Trips

Staff Lead: Michael Lomio, Director of Government Relations

Executive Champion:
 Victor Arranaga, State and Local Government Relations Regional Manager, HP Inc

Priority:  At the Leadership Group we advocate for public policy at the state and federal level that is favorable towards member companies, amplifies their political voice and extends their influence. In addition to reaching a larger sphere of policy influence, these annual trips to Sacramento and Washington D.C.  strengthen the Leadership Group’s credibility and network in order to better serve our  member companies in a variety of policy fields.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • engage at least 45 board members, CEOs and local public officials on each trip for the Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip and/or the Sacramento Advocacy Trip
  • 2018 Washington D.C. and Sacramento Advocacy Trips should recruit 45 participants each compared to 32 in Sacramento 2017 and 45 in Washington, D.C. in 2017
  • execute at least one Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip
  • execute at least one Sacramento Advocacy Trip with increased Sacramento engagement throughout the year
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Local Government Outreach

Staff Leads: Annika McClure, Associate of Public Policy, Nardin Sarkis, Associate of Gov’t Relations

Executive Champion:
 Sherri Sager, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Priority: At the Leadership Group we strive to connect  local government officials to our member companies in seven  different localized roundtables producing a worthwhile return on investment for our member companies. By moderating specific roundtable conversations we give a voice to our member companies and lend an ear to the city and county officials who work with us as partners in our mutual goals (i.e. Housing construction, traffic mitigation, facility expansion, autonomous vehicle expansion, etc.)

Quantifiable Goals:

  • host at least seven localized roundtables
  • engage local government officials from all five respective counties
  • produce a quantifiable list of “win-wins” that were mutually agreed upon following roundtable meetings
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State Advocacy: Silicon Valley Caucus

Staff Lead: Michael Lomio, Director of Government Relations, Nardin Sarkis, Associate of Government Relations

Executive Champion:
 Mike Potter, Senior Manager, State & Local Government Affairs, Cisco

Priority: The Leadership Group’s Silicon Valley Caucus meetings represent a meaningful opportunity for our members because we bring together elected officials and member companies within their districts. By bringing together the elected officials representing the greater Silicon Valley region with the member companies within that region, ideas are shared, issues are raised, and a coalition representing Silicon Valley’s interests is solidified.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • ensure Silicon Valley Caucus roundtables are executed three times each year
  • target goal of 100 executive participants
  • target goal of 13 legislators in attendance
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Government

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Health Policy

Advance Health Care Policy

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

Executive Champion: 

Priority: The top priority of the Health Committee for 2019 is to promote increased access, quality, affordability and cost-effectiveness within the health care system.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Advocate for 3-4 Health Care Law Reform & Implementation issues 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.
    • Possible Issues:
      • Stemming Rate Increases
      • Medi-Cal Funding, Access, & Reimbursement Rates
      • Repeal of the 40% Excise Tax on High Cost Health Insurance Plan (Cadillac Tax)
      • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fees
      • Public Charge & Funding for Undocumented Immigrants
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Educate Policymakers

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

Executive Champion:

Priority: The Health Committee is deeply interested in advocating on behalf of the various issues within health care where there is major regional, state, or national impact and the voice of the business community will have meaningful influence. In 2019, we will host three Roundtables combined with Tours to provide a forum for Leadership Group members and policy makers to discuss issues related to health care reform and initiate a plan for advancing shared policy goals.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Host three Roundtables combined with Tours of companies in the health care, health technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical spaces to educate Policymakers on the most pressing issues facing our current healthcare landscape.
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Health

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Housing

State Housing Legislation and Housing Bond Campaign

Staff Lead:  Nathan Ho, Senior Director of Housing and Community Development

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

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Ensure that at least six 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 and Coalitions for Community Education

Staff Lead:  Nathan Ho, Senior Director of Housing and Community Development

Priority: Engage in local land use planning and zoning policy with a priority on upcoming BART station areas 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 two joint co-presented community educational workshops
  • Engage as a sitting member in at least three 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, Associate, Health and Housing

Priority: A hallmark of the Leadership Group Housing and Community Development team’s impact locally is its presence at City Council and Planning Commission meetings to advocate for specific housing developments being approved and built. The team seeks and evaluates new housing projects in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area based on strict criteria that prioritize appropriate high-density projects, transit-oriented development, and affordable housing.

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 2019, including those endorsed prior to 2019, 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

R & D Amortization

Staff Lead: Dan Kostenbauder, Vice President, Tax Policy

Priority: The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”) included a requirement that research and development (“R&D”) expenses be amortized over 5 years for U.S. R&D and 15 years for foreign R&D. Effective in 2022, this provision changes current law, which permits full expensing of R&D expenses in the year that they are incurred.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Support R&D Coalition efforts to get bi-partisan, bi-cameral bills introduced to repeal the R&D amortization provision of the TCJA
  • Avoid California conformity to the R&D amortization provision of the TCJA
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Tax

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Tech and Innovation

Cybersecurity

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

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

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

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Advocate for a Cyber National Reserves with elected officials
  • Support the growth of a cyber-ready workforce
  • Seek increased funding for cybersecurity workforce training
  • Support legislation increasing security resources for public and private sectors, with special attention to SMEs
  • If security standards are proposed, advocate they be led by industry
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Scientific Research Funding

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

Executive Champion: George Blumenthal, UCSC; 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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Autonomous 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 automated 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/regulators 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, Vice President of Technology and Innovation Policy

Executive Champion: Ned Finkle, Vice President, NVIDIA

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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Transportation

Regional Transportation Initiatives

Staff Lead: Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Jason Baker, Vice President of Housing, Transportation and Community Development, Matt Quevedo, Director of Transportation, Housing and Community Engagement

Executive Champions: Ryan Popple, CEO, Proterra; Stefan Heck, CEO and Co-Founder, Nauto; Aiden Hughes (ARUP); Josh Becker (LexMachina)

Priority: Advocate and participate in the development of expenditure plans, policy frameworks and placement on the ballot, of a three-county Caltrain Measure and/or a nine-county Bay Area Transformative Transportation Measure.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Develop a strong coalition and nascent political committee committed to funding and leading a 2020 Caltrain Measure and/or a Potential Transformative Transportation Measure
  • Achieve formal commitment by SamTrans and/or MTC leadership to conduct the formal pre-campaign public outreach effort required ahead of 2020 ballot measure placement.
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BART Opening Celebration & Advocacy

Staff Lead: Jason Baker, Vice President of Housing, Transportation and Community Development; Matt Quevedo, Director of Transportation, Housing and Community Engagement

Executive Champion: Matt Mahan (Brigade); Father Engh (Santa Clara University)

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:

  • Complete trip to Sacramento/Washington D.C. advocating for BART at the State and Federal level
  • Complete event that celebrates the completion of BART Phase I
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Caltrain/Highway 101 Corridor Commute Solutions

Staff Lead: Jason Baker, Vice President of Transportation, Housing & Community Development

Executive Champion: Paul Lovoi, Woodtoga

Priority: Advocate for projects and service changes that promote transit ridership and reduce traffic congestion
along the Peninsula including HOV Toll Lanes and increasing Caltrain Ridership.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Successful completion of the Caltrain Business Plan, and advocate for Highway 101 Managed Lane, Dumbarton Bridge and Diridon Station efforts in 2019
  • 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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Innovative Mobility Solutions

Staff Lead: Matthew Quevedo, Director of Transportation, Housing and Community Engagement

Priority: Promote innovative solutions that help reduce traffic congestion and improve ridership on effective mass transit systems throughout Silicon Valley.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • Lead a task force with the key public leaders and our members to support the implementation of ITS technologies and shared ridership company partnerships
  • Host two meetings in 2019 with public leaders and Leadership Group members to create a set of recommendations for Innovative Mobility Solutions
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* View 2017 top ten priorities  here.

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