About Us

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 400 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.

Silicon Valley Leadership Group 2017 – 2019 Work Plan

Education

  1. Diversifying the STEM Pipeline: Advocate for policies that diversify the STEM workforce. Amplify and promote diversity and inclusion best practices.
  2. K-12 Education Quality: Advocate for policies that support high quality education and the recruitment and retention of effective teachers.
  3. Computer Science Education: Advocate for increased access to computer science education.
  4. Workforce Development: Help to facilitate the development of STEM career pathways for community college students to meet employer needs.

Energy

  1. Clean Energy Supply: Promote financing and deployment of clean energy and emerging technologies, to the benefit of Silicon Valley Leadership Group members.
  2. Grid Modernization, Reliability and Distributed Energy Resources: Promote and facilitate integration of technologies that support a safer, smarter, more reliable gas and electric grid.
  3. Demand-Side Solutions: Promote energy efficiency, demand response, and reduce energy waste.

Environment

  1. Support State Climate Change efforts: Advance the policy environment that allows clean and efficient energy to continue to scale and help secure an extension of cap-and-trade.
  2. Support corporate environmental sustainability: Advance environmental sustainability drivers and showcase solutions that protect the environment while growing markets and/or reducing costs.
  3. Ensure Silicon Valley has the water it needs to thrive: Support the Governor’s CA Water Fix Plan and promote technological innovation and diffusion and increased funding for the water sector.
  4. Support wetlands restoration and flood mitigation efforts in the SF Bay: Educate the public on the importance of wetlands and help guide SF Bay restoration and regional flood protection.

Government Relations

  1. Silicon Valley Outreach and Engagement: Organize at least a dozen strategic policy roundtables with legislators at the federal, state and local levels with the goals of deepening legislative relationships and moving policy.
  2. Annual Federal and State Advocacy Trips: Engage at least 45 Board members, CEOs and local public officials to participate on the Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip and the Sacramento Advocacy Trip.
  3. Local Government Outreach: Invite County Board leadership 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 the same table.
  4. Fresh Ideas for New Legislators: Host new California state legislators for get-to-know- you sessions in Sacramento.

Health Policy

  1. Health Care Law Reform: Promote increased access, quality, affordability and cost-effectiveness while minimizing burdens on employers. Establish and promote a set of guiding principles for future health care reform.
  2. Prevention and Wellness – Public Health Promotion: Promote public Health issues that are critical for achieving greater health equity and for increasing the quality of life of the entire community by advocating for key local and state public health policies.
  3. Prevention and Wellness – Workplace Wellness: Help employers start or improve wellness programs and offerings as a long term cost containment strategy by organizing two Workplace Wellness Workshops.
  4. Healthcare Innovation: Promote innovation in growth areas and advocate for policies that help providers, biotech/med-tech companies and research institutions bring transformative technologies to the community.

Housing

  1. Local Policy: Promote affordable and workforce housing development at the city and county level through fees and measures, and advocate for projects and programs serving the homeless.
  2. Project Advocacy: Endorse 10 housing proposals annually and mobilize support at city councils and planning commissions. Focus on impacting specific plans in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and San Jose.
  3. Community Outreach and Education: Organize one affordable housing tour. Educate community leaders about the importance of housing through four dinners for local leaders.
  4. State Policy: Help shape and promote legislative efforts around permanent funding, housing element law, local finance, regional planning, inclusionary zoning, and transit oriented development.

Tax Policy

  1. Comprehensive Business Tax Reform and Defending Against Onerous Tax Legislation and Ballot Measures: Oppose tax measures which disproportionately increase California business tax burden and jeopardize competitiveness.
  2. Research and Development Tax Credits: Support solutions to expand R&D investment in California and enhance the Federal R&D Tax Credit.
  3. Property Tax Valuation Fairness -Oppose Split Roll/Split Rate Property Taxation: Promote fair valuation tables, consistent and efficient audit processes and oppose any efforts to alter Proposition 13.
  4. Intangible Software Tax Fairness and Regulations and Reasonable Audits: Support reasonable, simple and fair application of state business taxes on tangible or intangible products and closely monitor alterations to regulations 1507 and 1502.

Tech and Innovation

  1. Autonomous Technology: Promote unified and flexible regulations that allow for greater testing and deployment of autonomous technology.
  2. Cybersecurity: Increase government support and resources for cybersecurity.
  3. Fundamental Research Funding: Advocate for increased government funding of early stage research to prevent “Innovation Deficit.”
  4. Artificial Intelligence: Encourage government to support and procure AI technology.

Transportation

  1. Regional Transportation Initiative: Partner with large bay area cities, transportation agencies, employers and nonprofits to identify funding and policy solutions for our regional system.
  2. Caltrain: Partner with SPUR to promote Visioning Report recommendations. Participate in Caltrain Commuter Coalition (C3).
  3. BART to Silicon Valley (Phase 2): Advocate Phase 2 funding plans at the federal and state levels.
  4. San Jose Airport: Secure domestic, long-haul flights to SJC.

Community: Foundation (c-3)

  1. Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot: Secure 28,000 paid participants, supported by 2,500 volunteers, raising $1,000,000 for local non-profits serving needy families.
  2. Pasta Bowl Community Partnership w/ 49ers: Raise $200,000 for education programs for disadvantaged kids in needy schools.
  3. STEM with Mayor Sam Liccardo: A series of evening events at East Side middle schools that invites 7th graders and their families. Aims to address math achievement gap by enrolling eligible students in the SVEF Elevate [Math] summer program.
  4. Santa Run Silicon Valley: Secure 5,400 race participants, raising $125,000 for charity.
  5. Lam Research Heart & Soles 6K/10K Run or Walk: For year 4 secure $200,000 in funding for health and nutrition needs of undeserved kids.
  6. Latino Technology Scholarship Fund: In partnership with HFSV, help provide scholarships to 500 local students to earn college degrees in STEM.
  7. CCBI: The California Climate Breakthrough Initiative will help educate the general public and engage key influencers regarding climate change impacts and solutions.
  8. Strategic Branded Partnerships: San Jose Jazz, Hack Foster Care.

* To view our 2017 top ten priorities, click here.