Membership Info

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To inquire about becoming a Silicon Valley Leadership Group member, please contact:

Brian Brennan
Vice President for Membership, State & Federal Coalitions
408.453.4752 |

Leadership Group membership is open to all employers with a presence in greater Silicon Valley who fall within one of the industry sectors approved by the Leadership Group Board of Directors.

Benefits of Membership

Opportunities for executives to network with Silicon Valley peers – key leaders in industries from semiconductors to clean tech. Hosts of recent small group events include John Chambers (Cisco), Aart de Geus (Synopsys), Tom Werner (SunPower), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Mike Klayko (Brocade Communications), Mike Splinter (Applied Materials), and Rick Wallace (KLA-Tencor).

Opportunities to develop relationships with top elected officials – In 2010, our guests in Silicon Valley included US Senator Diane Feinstein, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Attorney General Jerry Brown, Congressman James Clyburn, US Senator Tom Carper, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, California Senate President Darrell Steinberg, California Assembly Speaker John Pérez, California Assembly Republican Leader Sam Blakeslee, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a number of other top public officials.

Opportunities to advance policy issues of importance to Silicon Valley – We are heavily involved in issues related to taxation, highly-skilled immigration, transportation infrastructure, and others of importance to employers throughout the Valley.

Membership Dues

Dues Period: Dues are paid on an annual basis, and generally cover a period from January 1 through December 31 of the year in question.  The dues period can be adjusted for companies joining at other times during the year.

Dues Amounts: Annual dues are based on a member company’s Bay Area headcount, according to the following schedule:


Local Employees


1 – 10 employees


11 – 25 employees


26 – 49 employees


50 – 99 employees


100 – 149 employees


150 – 199 employees


200 – 299 employees


300 – 499 employees


500 – 699 employees


700 – 899 employees


900+ employees

$8.00 per FTE (max of $65,000)

**There is a one-time initiation fee of $500 for new members.
**Each member is asked to support our Annual Policy Luncheon (November 1, 2017) through the purchase of at least one ticket ($400).

Start-Up Category (New)

This year we are continuing our “start-up CEO” membership category, as a way of bringing cutting edge companies into our organization and engaging young executives in community affairs.

We’re looking for folks who are under 40, with fewer than 50 employees and companies that have been in existence for no more than five years.  Dues would be $600/year for companies with more than $1 million in funding, and $300/year for those with less.

How Our Members Engage

How our CEOs and senior officers engageTime is our executives’ most precious resource. With that in mind, the Leadership Group provides a range of opportunities from which our CEOs select, in a way that is strategic and sensitive to their time:

CEO/senior officer small group roundtables with senior public officials: There are about 50 dinners, lunches and other roundtables key public officials each year at the local, state and federal levels, to which all our CEOs and ranking officers have access.

Championing an issue: Our executives have the opportunity to identify an issue important to their company or about which they are personally passionate, and to take a leading role for the Leadership Group on that issue. This might include co-authoring an op-ed, speaking at a press conference, or meeting with public officials on the issue.

How other employees of our members companies engageThere are many ways to engage with the Leadership Group:

Through our committee process: participating in the 9 committees that develop Leadership Group policy on a range of issues.

By representing their companies and the Valley in meetings with public officials and their staffs in Silicon Valley, Sacramento and Washington.

By participating in our community events, such as the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, our Women & Girls Summits, and our 1,000 Hearts for 1,000 Minds volunteer initiative.

By attending major events such as our Annual Public Policy Luncheon and our Energy Summit.