About Joint Venture

Founded in 1993, Joint Venture Silicon Valley is a think tank that catalyzes action by spotlighting issues and by convening the region’s leaders for collaborative action to equitably benefit the entire community. The nonprofit organization–created and funded by stakeholders from business, government, academia, labor, and nonprofits–provides research, analysis, and a neutral platform for collective solutions. Our approach fosters consensus-building and collective action on vital issues such as economic development, infrastructure, transportation, and education. Analysis and research is provided by the organization’s research arm, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies.

Research topics focus on economic and community health issues in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area, and on broader regional issues.

The Institute manages a variety of regional resources for the public benefit, provides a steady stream of research products to the community, and conducts work on a contract basis ranging from custom data requests to full research studies.


The Silicon Valley Poll is an extensive public opinion survey placed in the field annually by Joint Venture and its research arm, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. Carried out in partnership with The Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, the Poll tracks recurring questions probing how residents feel about the general direction of the region and their stance on a range of policy and planning questions. Each year the poll also poses timely and topical questions about current events.

The Silicon Valley Index is the annual centerpiece publication of Joint Venture. It is prepared by the Institute with participation from additional organizations, leaders, and academic partners. The Silicon Valley Index is available in two formats: as a static PDF document and as an interactive data dashboard on the Silicon Valley Indicators website.

The Institute also distributes new data via news releases on a regular basis, and publishes a steady stream of research briefs and reports on a variety of topics. Institute publications are available on the Publications page of the Joint Venture website and the Special Reports section of the Indicators website.


Russell Hancock, PhD, serves as both the President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the President of the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. He also serves on the faculty of the public policy program at Stanford University. Rachel Massaro is the Institute’s Director of Research, and is assisted by a network of affiliates with a broad array of expertise, including workforce, regional economics, transportation, public policy, clean energy, business dynamics, and more.

For more information on the Institute’s team of researchers, please visit Joint Venture’s Research Team page.

About Joint Venture

Established in 1993, Joint Venture Silicon Valley is a platform for analysis created and supported by the major sectors (business, government, labor, academia). The analysis emanates from the organization’s research arm, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. The Institute catalyzes action by spotlighting issues, convening the region’s leaders, and facilitating a process for collaborative action.