Our Contributors

Silicon Valley Next is truly the collaborative product of the local nonprofit sector. The design of the program bears the input of numerous interviews and conversations with many thoughtful colleagues.

Below is the list of my thought partners (as best as I can reconstruct the year long process). A special note of appreciation goes to Danny Harris, formerly of the Knight Foundation in San Jose. Danny was the first funder to grasp the vision and served as the key convener of the partner foundations. This project would not have gotten off the ground without his commitment to serve the community in new and creative ways.

In appreciation,

Curtis Chang, Consulting Within Reach


  • Holly Kreider (Heising-Simons Foundation)
  • Mara Williams Low (Sobrato Family Foundation)
  • Chris Thompson (Knight Foundation)

Executive Directors/CEOs of South Bay non-profits

  • Leslie Bacho (Second Harvest)
  • Shiloh Ballard (Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition)
  • Marie Bernard (Sunnyvale Community Services)
  • Louis Chicoine (Abode Services)
  • Leslye Corsiglya (SV@Home)
  • Tanis Crosby (YWCA)
  • Elise Cutini (Pivotal)
  • Max Duganne (Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley)
  • Veronica Goei (Grail Family Services)
  • Poncho Guevara (Sacred Heart Community Services)
  • John Hiester (Breakthrough Collaborative of Silicon Valley)
  • Jenny Kelleher (Chief Program Officer, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley)
  • Greg Kepferle (Catholic Charities)
  • Sarita Kohli (AACI)
  • Michelle Lew (The Health Trust)
  • Camille Llanes-Fontanilla (Somos Mayfair)
  • Jennifer Loving (Destination Home)
  • Geoffrey Morgan (First Community Housing)
  • Glen Peterson (City Team)
  • Chris Richardson (Downtown Streets Team)
  • Phil Santora (TheatreWorks)
  • Pete Settelmayer (City Year)
  • Vivian Wan (Chief Operating Officer, Abode Services)
  • Kevin Zwick (Housing Trust of Silicon Valley)

Emerging Leaders

  • Louise Auerhahn (Working Partners USA)
  • Chad Bojorquez (Destination Home)
  • Lydia Bustamante (Sacred Heart Community Services)
  • Adriana Caldera (YWCA)
  • Kelly Chau (Health Trust)
  • Julia Cinnamon (City Year)
  • Roberto Gil (Sacred Heart Community Services)
  • David Hernandez (Sunnyvale Community Services)
  • Erika Laguna (Downtown Streets Team)
  • Brandon Lawrence (Law Foundation of Silicon Valley)
  • Machelle Locsin (Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley)
  • Gerard Manuel (AACI)
  • Saul Ramos (Somos)
  • Michelle Sambrano and Whitney Henry (Fresh Lifelines for Youth)
  • Claudine Siplili (City Team)
  • Savonna Stender-Bondesson (Pivotal)
  • Edwin Tan (AACI)
  • Bryan Tomlinson (Breakthrough Collaborative of Silicon Valley)
  • Justin Tran (Pivotal)
  • Regina Williams (First Community Housing)

Other Thought Leaders

  • Tamara Alvarado (Shortino Family Foundation)
  • Georgia Antonopoulos (Thrive)
  • Leslie Crowell (County of Santa Clara Executive Office)
  • Lisa Downey (Morgan Family Foundation)
  • Lisa Joyce (AbbVie)
  • Kyra Kazantzis (SVCN)
  • Etsuko Kubo (On the Verge)
  • Jessamyn Shams-Lau (Peery Foundation)
  • Jennifer Ratay (Ratay Consulting Partners)
  • Larissa Robideuax (Center for Effective Nonprofits)
  • Kris Starr-Witort (Kris Starr Coaching)