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What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

What's Happening Now

Silicon Valley unemployment rate holds at 2.1%

cover imageNovember 18, 2022 – The unemployment rate in Silicon Valley held firm at 2.1% in October, identical to the rate in September. Overall employment in the region increased by nearly 1,500 workers, while the number of unemployed people decreased by just over 600. The total labor force in Silicon Valley increased by almost 2,200 from mid-September to mid-October, erasing most of the drop from the previous one-month period. The total labor force is now 14,500 below the previous high in February 2020 and includes approximately 89,600 more individuals than the pandemic low of 1.42 million in May 2021.

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Joint Venture board elects Supervisor Susan Ellenberg Co-Chair, adds new members

November 18, 2022 - Joint Venture's board of directors elected Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg as Co-Chair at their quarterly meeting. Ellenberg succeeds Nicole Taylor, CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation and joins Co-Chair John Tenanes, Vice President of Global Facilities and Real Estate at Meta. The board also elected Lisa M. Bowman, employment attorney at Orrick; Gina Dalma, Executive Vice President, Community Action, Policy, and Strategy at Silicon Valley Community Foundation; and Julie Sullivan, President of Santa Clara University.

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Institute: Stock market tracker offers regional trading trends

December 5, 2022 - Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has unveiled the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Public Company Stock Tracker, an innovative source of information about 327 Silicon Valley and 94 San Francisco publicly traded companies. “I’m excited to launch this market tracker that allows the public to toggle a start date and see how our region’s company market performance compares to key market indices,” said Rachel Massaro, vice president and director of research.

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Institute: the benefits of universal preschool in Santa Clara County

report coverDecember 5, 2022 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies conducted a research study supported by a grant from the County of Santa Clara through Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. Eliminating the Burden of Preschool Costs, Modeling the Impacts of Universal Preschool on Family & Community Wellbeing shows that a universal preschool program would benefit the families of preschool-aged children, would increase overall household self-sufficiency and would provide benefits to the community as a whole.“The pages of this report model what would happen if publicly-funded preschool and after-school care were available to every child under the age of five in Santa Clara County,” says Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture. 

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Michelle Qiao empowers through poetry

December 5, 2022 - Michelle Qiao, Santa Clara County’s Vice Youth Poet Laureate, presented a moving poem of her own creation at the Silicon Valley Poll Briefing on October 4. The poem, entitled Golden Gate, evoked the power of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding environs as a metaphor for community engagement. A student at Leland High School, Michelle has been recognized by the National Young Arts Foundation, the Scholastic Writing Awards, the New York Times, PBS, the Lincoln Center for the Arts, American High School Poets, and Broadway World. 

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Meet Ernesto Lucero

December 3, 2022 - Ernesto Lucero is acting deputy director for economic and community development for the City of South San Francisco. He believes in the power of collaboration for the betterment of the community. The City of South San Francisco, often called South City, has a population of about 67,000, boasts more than 250 biotech companies accounting for about 30% of the city’s jobs, it’s known as the Birthplace of Biotechnology. Ernesto will soon complete his term as chair of Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA), a consortium of 25 city and county economic development professionals who bring together public and private resources to ensure the success of regional businesses.

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Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Comprehensive information and data about the Silicon Valley ecosystem is always available at

Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are presented on an interactive website that allows users to explore Silicon Valley trends. Indicators are presented by the Institute for Regional Studies. Housed within Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Institute provides data and analysis on issues facing dense metropolitan regions.

Investors Spotlight

Donors invest in Joint Venture with both general support and project-specific gifts. Support from the community enables us to provide innovative solutions to issues that confront our regional economies and quality of life. Here are just a few of our many investors:

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Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

Amazon Smile: Support Joint Venture while you shop

Amazon Smile logoJoint Venture is participating in the AmazonSmile program. Every time you shop at, a portion of your sales (0.5%) goes to support our work. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Joint Venture every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to support Joint Venture’s work in your community.

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2020 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dan Rather

American Journalist and Author


Dan Rather is an American news icon. As a broadcast journalist and author, Mr. Rather has personally covered some of the most historical events of our time, including the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 9/11. From Texas in 1963, he was the first to report on the Kennedy assassination.

Mr. Rather first joined CBS News in 1962 as news director for a Houston affiliate and remained with the network for 44 years. At CBS he served as White House correspondent during Watergate, and covered stories from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, including the battlefields of South Vietnam. He served as an anchor for CBS’s Sunday and Saturday evening newscasts. In 1975 Mr. Rather joined 60 Minutes, serving as a correspondent until 1981, when he became the anchor of CBS Evening News, a position he held for 24 years.

A native of Texas, Mr. Rather’s career has spanned more than six decades with reporting and investigative journalism at the core of his career. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and covered every important dateline in the United States and around the world.

Mr. Rather is the recipient of virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards, several Peabody Awards and the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Rather remains an integral part of our national conversation through television appearances, innovative reports, a much-followed Twitter feed, and contributions to Mashable.

After leaving CBS, Mr. Rather pursued his passion for “deep-digging” in his investigative journalism series, Dan Rather Reports. He is now president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company that specializes in non-fiction content across a range of traditional and digital distribution channels.

Mr. Rather’s best-selling book of original essays, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism takes on the toxic political atmosphere and polarized opinions of our times. 

Featured Speaker

Peter Calthorpe

Founder, Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
Senior Vice President, HDR Calthorpe

headshot Peter Calthorpe is founding principal of Calthorpe Associates. He developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which was highlighted in his book The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream, the foundation of many regional policies and city plans around the world.

Mr. Calthorpe, a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), has created regional plans for Portland, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Southern Louisiana. Mr. Calthorpe’s books trace the recent history of urban design in its most vital and prescient manifestations, starting in 1986 with Sustainable Communities followed by The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl, Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, and Emerald Cities: Planning for Smart and Green China.

His work in Europe, Asia and the Middle East has demonstrated that community design with a focus on environmental sustainability and human scale can be adapted throughout the globe. His current work throughout China is focused on developing standards and examples of Low Carbon Cities.

His work with the State of California has led the adoption of state-of-the-art software, UrbanFootprint, used to measure the social, environmental and economic impacts of differing development patterns in advancing low carbon futures for the state. Born in London and raised in Palo Alto, Mr. Calthorpe attended the Yale School of Architecture. He was awarded ULI’s prestigious “J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development” in 2006.

Featured Speaker

Margaret O’Mara

Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History, University of Washington
Distinguished Fellow, Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

headshot Margaret O'Mara Ph.D., is the Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. She writes and teaches about the growth of the high-tech economy, the history of U.S. politics, and the connections between the two.

Dr. O’Mara is the author of Cities of Knowledge (Princeton, 2005), Pivotal Tuesdays (Penn Press, 2015), and The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Penguin Press, 2019). In addition to her opinion pieces in The New York Times, her writing also has appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

At the University of Washington, Dr. O’Mara teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in U.S. political and economic history, urban and metropolitan history, and the history of technology. She received her MA/PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Northwestern University. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the Clinton White House and served as a contributing researcher at the Brookings Institution. Dr. O’Mara earned a doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in English from Northwestern University.

Dr. O’Mara was named Distinguished Fellow to Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies, the research arm of the organization, in September 2019.

Featured Speaker

Richard Gingras

Vice President, News, Google

headshot Richard Gingras is Vice President, News at Google. In that role Mr. Gingras guides Google’s strategy in how it surfaces news on Google search, Google News, and its smart devices. He also oversees Google’s effort to enable a healthy, open ecosystem for quality journalism, which includes Accelerated Mobile Pages, Subscribe with Google, the Trust Project and various other efforts to provide tools for journalists and news providers. In March 2018, Mr. Gingras announced the Google News Initiative, a global effort including $300 million dollars to elevate quality journalism, explore new models for sustainability, and provide technology to stimulate cost-efficiency in newsrooms.

Mr. Gingras has been involved in digital media since 1980 or as he once put it “since the days of steam powered modems”. He helped found where he once worked with Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald and has worked at Apple, the @Home Network, the Excite portal among other digital ventures. He also serves on the boards of the First Amendment Coalition, the International Center for Journalists, and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard.

Featured Speaker

Sally Lehrman

Chief Executive Officer, The Trust Project

headshot Sally Lehrman founded and directs The Trust Project. The international consortium of news outlets has implemented a transparency standard to help the public—and news distribution platforms— to easily identify reliable news sites. Ms. Lehrman is an award-winning reporter on medicine and science policy with an emphasis on coverage of social diversity. Her honors include a Peabody Award and the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University.

Ms. Lehrman’s byline credits include Scientific American, Nature, Health, The Boston Globe, The New York Times,, and The DNA Files. Her book, News in a New America, argues for an inclusive U.S. news media. She is senior director of the Journalism Ethics Program at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and is Science and Justice Professor at the UC-Santa Cruz Center for Science and Justice. She is co-editor and co-author of Reporting Inequality: Tools and methods for covering race and ethnicity (Routledge, 2019).

Ms. Lehrman guides the The Trust Project as it seeks to implement the news industry’s first-ever transparency standards for users, also overseeing collaborative implementation and scaling among newsrooms around the world. Google, Facebook, and Bing are external partners and use the Trust Indicators in various ways, such as in search results, news feeds and display on user screens.

Featured Speaker

Dan’l Lewin

President and Chief Executive Officer, Computer History Museum

headshot Dan’l Lewin is a longtime Silicon Valley tech executive and industry icon who has brought financial, corporate, academic, and civic leaders together to advance emerging technology, digital transformation, and sustainability initiatives, leveraging 30-plus years of Silicon Valley leadership experience with companies that include Microsoft, NeXT, Apple, and Sony.

During his 17-year tenure at Microsoft, Mr. Lewin created groundbreaking initiatives to bring technology awareness and solutions to individuals, businesses, and organizations worldwide, launching efforts to engage the entrepreneurial and venture capital communities and leading strategic technical diplomacy efforts.

He now heads the Computer History Museum (CHM), a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. Mr. Lewin directs the strategic planning, fundraising, and ongoing operations of CHM, including those of its Exponential Center, dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation, and Center for Software History.

Mr. Lewin serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, UI Labs, and StartX. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Mr. Lewin holds an AB in politics from Princeton University.

In The News

December 5, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area tech workers react to layoff axes with shock, and ‘more pain’ is coming: ...with think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley in February reporting that “Silicon Valley’s innovation engine is red hot” and tech was leading a return in employment to pre-pandemic levels. More

December 4, 2022 - (NBC) - What Do the November Job Numbers Mean Following Rash of Tech Layoffs? Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock called the tech layoffs more of a correction after a massive hiring spree... More

December 4, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Empty pews: How COVID changed the way the Bay Area worships - ...residents say they still aren’t going to their spiritual centers as often as they did before COVID struck, according to an exclusive poll by the Bay Area News Group and Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

December 4, 2022 - (San Francisco Chronicle) - Bay Area transit agencies project doomsday scenarios. Seamless Bay Area transit advocacy group, said a mega ballot measure could be successful if it also brings transformative improvements for riders...More

November 30, 2022 - (Fast Company) - Looming recession? Some Silicon Valley executives say bring it on: Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, says that, incidentally, Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies added about 68,000 new jobs between 2020 and 2021. More

November 29, 2022 - (MarketWatch) - ‘It was not sustainable or real’: Tech layoffs approach Great Recession levels - “Silicon Valley has cycles,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

November 21, 2022 - (Mercury News) - More than 6,000 tech and biotech job cuts roil Bay Area economy: “Tech layoffs are happening. People are being affected, lives are being disrupted,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

November 20, 2022 - (Silicon Valley) -  Doomsday scenario for sinking Bay Area transit: “People don’t understand the transit system is so close to collapse,” said Ian Griffiths, who heads Seamless Bay Area... More

November 20, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Sunnyvale community briefs: Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Silicon Valley Index that shows nearly 20 percent of Silicon Valley households have zero or negative assets...More

November 20, 2022 - (CBS) - Chaos continues to reign at Twitter following Musk ultimatum, worker exodus: You're not only losing your job, you're being deported," said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

November 19, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Opinion: Plan B: Bay Area must tap tech wealth to survive - ...per Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the entire household savings of the Valley plus San Francisco, excluding peoples’ homes, is only $750 billion. More

November 18, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area soars to big October job gains — but tech layoffs loom: “What the tech sector is experiencing right now should probably be seen as an adjustment,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

November 17, 2022 -  (Richmond Confidential) - Why has program to help people buy homes in San Pablo gone unused? A recent survey conducted by the Bay Area News Group and Joint Venture Silicon Valley found...More

November 14, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Billionaires gone wild: Musk, Zuckerberg slash jobs, roll dice with future of Bay Area tech icons - Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, sees the ups and downs of Musk and Zuckerberg in a historical context. More

November 11, 2022 - (KCBS Radio) - Twitter's revenue drop fuels bankruptcy talk: Russell Hancock comments on changes at Twitter. More

November 9, 2022 - (Silicon Valley) - Massive tech company layoffs may jeopardize Bay Area jobs rebound: “These tech layoffs could affect other companies,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

November 7, 2022 - (Victoria Advocate) - Twitter lays off about 900 in Bay Area after Elon Musk takeover: official state report: “This isn’t the Silicon Valley way,” said Russell Hancock, CEO or Joint Venture. More

November 7, 2022 - (Silicon Valley) - Widening tech, biotech job cuts could jolt broader Bay Area economy: experts: “Tech had a bonanza during the pandemic,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

November 5, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Twitter lays off about 900 in Bay Area after Elon Musk takeover: official state report: Russell Hancock, president of civic nonprofit Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said...More

November 3, 2022 - (Cupertino Today) - City of Los Altos Election Roundup: Catherine Vonnegut...served on the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network Disaster Preparedness Initiative. More

October 21, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area loses jobs in September, California gains slow to a crawl: “There might be folks ready to say the sky is falling, and that’s certainly one possible interpretation,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

October 21, 2022 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley's unemployment rate dipped to 2.1% in September: according to the report released Friday by Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Institute for Regional Studies. More

October 21, 2022 - (MarketWatch) - 'Mass layoffs' of Meta bus drivers lead to pleas for Facebook to bring workers back to the office: According to a Joint Venture Silicon Valley survey of eight large tech companies in 2019...More