Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.
CEO and President, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the field of philanthropy, is CEO and President of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. With more than $2 billion under management, the community foundation is one of the largest in the world and actively engages individuals and corporations in achieving their charitable interests locally and globally. Annually, the community foundation distributes nearly 11,000 grants to 24 countries totaling approximately $200 million. Carson previously served as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, which more than tripled its assets and received national recognition for its grantmaking initiatives during his 12-year tenure. He was the first manager of the Ford Foundation’s worldwide grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. The author of more than 100 published works on philanthropy, Carson is widely viewed as an authority on social justice grantmaking, public accountability by nonprofits and African American philanthropy. He received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.
Co-chair, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Chris DiGiorgio is the co-chair of Joint Venture and managing director for Accenture’s overall practice in the Bay Area with more than 2000 people. He recently expanded his Accenture role to include Corporate Development for Emerging Technology in Silicon Valley. This includes establishing relationships with key technology startups, venture firms, University and National Labs as well as related business partners operating in the Valley. During his 30 years with Accenture, his expertise is specializing in large complex global organizations. This includes planning, designing, and implementing large-scale integrated management information systems.
California State Senator
Mark DeSaulnier was elected to the State Senate in November 2008 to represent the 7th District in Contra Costa County and portions of Alameda County. He chairs the Transportation and Housing Committee and the Subcommittee No. 3 of Budget and Fiscal Review Committee pertaining to Health and Human Service. In addition he sits on the Senate Committees on Budget & Fiscal Review, Health, Energy, Utilities & Communications, Labor & Industrial Relations, and Governance & Finance as well as the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Joint Legislative Sunset Review Committee. Previously, DeSaulnier served a term in the State Assembly in 2006, where he authored and co-authored more than 60. From 1991 to 1993 DeSaulnier served as a Concord city councilmember and as mayor. In 1994, DeSaulnier was appointed to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, where he was re-elected three times. As Supervisor, he served on the California Air Resources Board, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
William R. Dodge
William R. (Bill) Dodge of the Citistates Group is regarded among regionalists as a lead thinker who has worked effectively over three decades to help regional communities identify their critical challenges and build collaborations that address a whole range of tough challenges, from balanced growth to fiscal and ethnic disparities to creating effective regional decision-making networks. In the mid-1990s his book, Regional Excellence: Governing Together to Compete Globally and Flourish Locally, provided critical assistance to public and private leaders seeking to improve regional decision-making in the citistate age. He is currently writing a book on the seven key components to building successful regions for all, including becoming excellent regional citizens, connecting regional decision-making networks, and negotiating regional cooperative growth compacts.
He is active nationally as a Fellow of the National Academy for Public Administration and the Institute for The Regional Community. He serves on the Growing Smart Directorate of the American Planning Association. He is the 2001 recipient of the Don Stone Intergovernmental Cooperation Award of the American Society for Public Administration.
City Manager, City of San Carlos (1987 - 2005)
Michael Garvey has over 35 years of experience working in and with local government. He has served as a leader in the City Managers Department (the California organization of City Managers), including service as President, and has served on the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities. Prior to that, he served on committees of the County Services Association of California (CSAC), the association of California counties, giving him a unique perspective on the operations of both levels of government.
Mr. Garvey currently is working with a consortium of local governments on the San Mateo Peninsula to develop a master plan for El Camino Real, recently completed service as the interim Executive Director for two JPAs in Marin County, and is assisting the University of California, Berkeley in the development of a training program for senior executives at the local level of government throughout the western United States. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including the American Society for Public Administration's Bay Area Public Official of the Year award, the Silicon Valley Public Administrator of the Year award and the Technology Manager of the Year award from Public Technology, Inc., an international innovation advocation organization.
Former CEO, SpikeSource
Kim Polese is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who is chair of the consumer finance company ClearStreet, Inc. She was previously CEO of the software company SpikeSource, Inc. Polese made Time Magazine’s list of "The 25 Most Influential Americans” in 1997 after co-founding the software company Marimba, Inc. She also worked at Sun Microsystems, where she was the founding product manager of Java, the technology that brought interactivity to the Web, and IntelliCorp, Inc. She is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and serves on the boards of TechNet, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Long Now Foundation, and the Global Security Institute. The U.S. secretary of commerce appointed her to the new Innovation Advisory Board, which is guiding a study of national economic competitiveness. Kim Polese was elected to the PPIC board of directors in 2011. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and studied computer science at the University of Washington.
Mayor of San Jose
The Honorable Chuck Reed is currently serving his second term in office as the 64th Mayor of the City of San Jose and is Co-Chair of the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Board of Directors. First elected in 2006, Reed has been committed to improving the quality of life in the city, boosting the public’s trust in local government, and fixing San Jose’s structural budget deficit. He has successfully implemented his Reed Reforms, a comprehensive set of policies that requires greater disclosure from elected officials, toughens restrictions on lobbyists and increases the role of citizens in San Jose government. In 2007, he launched his Green Vision, an ambitious 10-point plan to invigorate the economy and improve the environment over the next 15 years. The Green Vision was unanimously adopted by the City Council and more than 4,000 clean tech jobs have since been created in San Jose.
Reed was re-elected in June 2010 with a landslide 77 percent of the vote. His top priorities during his second term are to bring new jobs to San Jose and implement much-needed fiscal reforms. In 2011, he introduced a comprehensive retirement reform plan to save the city from a fiscal disaster and protect the city’s retirement funds from insolvency. As an attorney who served on more than 20 boards, commissions, committees, and task forces during two decades of civic participation, Reed ran for and won a seat representing District 4 on the City Council in 2000.
Tech Team Leader, USA Today
Jon Swartz is a technology editor based in San Francisco. He oversees coverage of Silicon Valley trends, social networking, Apple and Internet security including software, spam and hacking. A high-tech journalist since 1987, he has won numerous journalism awards and is a two-time finalist for the Loebs, the Pulitzers of business reporting. Swartz is co-author of Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity and author of Young Wealth.
technology columnist, Wall Street Journal | Co-host, All Things D
Kara Swisher is co-executive editor of All Things D and a technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Swisher started covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Previously, Swisher covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. With Walt Mossberg, she currently co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference featuring leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries. Previously, Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post. She is also the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” and a sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future.” She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Regional Planning Director, SPUR
Egon Terplan is SPUR's regional planning director. A regional planner and economic development specialist with more than 14 years of experience, he has authored or co-authored numerous reports and policy studies related to regional planning, economic development, transportation and government reform, including the first-ever report on the Northern California megaregion and a 2011 report on land use planning and high-speed rail in California. Prior to joining SPUR, Terplan spent more than five years with ICF International advising cities and regions throughout the world on economic development and competitiveness. His work included managing and writing collaborative regional strategies throughout California and in Alberta, British Columbia, Connecticut, Louisiana, Ohio, Ontario and South Carolina. His international work included designing and implementing competitiveness programs in Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Nigeria.
Terplan earned a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design a Bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Swarthmore College.
SVP of Advertising, Google
Susan Wojcicki, is senior vice president of advertising at Google responsible for the design, innovation and engineering of all of Google's advertising and measurement platform products, including AdWords, AdSense, DoubleClick and Google Analytics. Susan joined Google in 1999 as the company's first marketing manager and worked on the initial marketing programs. She also led the initial development of several key successful consumer products including Google Images, Google Books and Google Video. Before joining Google, Susan worked at Intel, Bain & Company, R.B. Webber & Company and Magic Quest. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a master's in economics from UC Santa Cruz, and an MBA from UCLA.