Technology and Innovation

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About Us

The Tech & Innovation Committee advocates for federal, state, and local policies, programs, and funding that promote technological innovation and scientific advancements. Consistent with advocacy is our effort to educate policymakers about the benefits of innovative technology, while addressing concerns such technology may generate.

Our Team

Peter Leroe-Muñoz
VP, Technology & Innovation Policy | 408.200.2357

Tech and Innovation Committee


The Tech and Innovation Committee advocates for federal, state, and local policies and programs that promote technological innovation and scientific advancements. Committee members are drawn from every industry cluster of the Leadership Group membership, including tech, bio/pharma, financial institutions, and research organizations.

Meetings are typically held the fourth week of the month. Agenda packets and supplemental materials are distributed at least a week in advance.


Ned Finkle, NVIDIA


Ash Padwal, Allied Telesis
Jason Lundgaard, Apple
Angela Kung, AT&T
Brian Trenchak, BD
Karna Nisewaner, Cadence
Michael Potter, Cisco
Lennies Gutierrez, Comcast
Katie Stevens, eBay
Anthony Maisel, Echelon
Alison Jenkin, Huawei
Samir Desai, Johnson and Johnson
Jesus Isarraras, Lockheed Martin
Tim Burr, Lyft
Kathryn Mullins, RSM
Erika Bustamante, Stanford
Forrest Monroy, Seagate
Craig Robinson, SVB
Janikke Klem, TechCU
Vicki Tung, TI
Michelle Moskowitz, UC Berkeley
Eric Reed, Verizon
Michael Borohovski, Tinfoil Security
Ainsley Braun, Tinfoil Security

2017 – 2019 Work Plan Priorities


The Innovation Economy depends on a secure internet for the creation and transfer of goods and services in the global marketplace. Government operations should seek security while protecting the data privacy of individuals, consumers, and companies.

Further, all levels of government should increase their investment in cyber defenses, and assist in growing a workforce that is qualified to protect public and private infrastructure, networks, and systems from malicious attacks.


Fundamental Research Funding

Technological innovation in the U.S., largely based on federally‐funded scientific research, has driven more than half of the nation’s economic growth post‐WWII. The federal government plays a critical role by providing approximately 60 percent of funding for scientific research that supplements private sector investments.

In recent years, we have seen our global competitors dramatically increase their R&D investment. We must increase our levels of early-stage research funding to retain our dominance in medical and scientific innovation.

While we recognize budgetary concerns, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group urges Congress to prioritize long‐term and stable funding for scientific research as an investment to ensure future U.S. economic and job growth.


Artificial Intelligence

Software that can learn, adapt, and respond to dynamic circumstances is among the Valley’s most promising innovations. It can be found in autonomous vehicles, smart city infrastructure, manufacturing equipment, health systems, and even agricultural devices.

All levels of government should integrate AI technology into their operations as a means of increasing efficiency, transparency, and accountability.

Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving or self-flying vehicles are rapidly taking to our streets and skies, opening significant potential for enhanced passenger safety, reduced traffic congestion, increased resident mobility, and greater resource efficiency.

Government should resist the urge to over-regulate this nascent industry with burdensome or piecemeal regulations. Instead, it should work with industry leaders to develop a policy framework that is consistent throughout the state and nation, while accelerating the development, testing, and deployment of AVs.














The Leadership Group continues to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform to strengthen our region and our innovation economy. It is critical we grow a domestic workforce with STEM skills, while also meeting today’s need for tech talent. We support raising the number of H-1B visas, and increasing the availability of other work visas, in order to attract and retain top global talent.

2017 Policy Positions

California Legislation

SB 251  Autonomous Vehicles: Pilot Project  (Senator Canella)  –  SUPPORT

SB 649  Wireless Telecommunications Facility  (Senator Hueso) – SUPPORT

2016 Accomplishments

Data Privacy

  • Successfully opposed AB 1681 (Smartphone decryption)
  • Roundtables:
    • NSA Director, Admiral Michael Rogers
    • Chairman, House Committee on Department of Homeland Security, Rep. Mike McCaul
  • Met with every member or staff of CA Assembly Privacy & Consumer Protection Committee

Basic Research Funding

  • 25 Congressional meetings to advocate for increased funding
  • Op-ed calling for increased funding (Silicon Valley Business Journal)
  • Roundtable with National Science Foundation Director, Frances Córdova


  • Radio town-hall with US Trade Ambassador Michael Froman
  • Op-ed supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (San Jose Mercury)
  • Roundtable with Singaporean Ambassador

Patent Reform

  • Roundtable with US Patent Trademark Office Director, Michelle Lee
  • Helped author Tech Presidential Platform with Information Technology Industry Council