Lighthouse (Building Back Better)

What are we doing?

LIGHTHOUSE is a JEDI focused (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Center of Excellence working with leaders across industries and sectors to create a relationship-based ecosystem that supports a Silicon Valley economy where ALL families can sustain and thrive. Lighthouse aims to provide expertise, research, backbone infrastructure, and a framework to convene stakeholders for regional efforts in close partnership with the original Bridge to Recovery (B2R) Network which is now known as the Lighthouse Network.

Currently, Lighthouse is focusing on the following:

  • Developing an integrated workforce and safety net partnership ecosystem
  • Coordination of regional collaborative funding opportunities
  • Developing regional JEDI Councils: sector-based councils to establish family-sustaining wages in our region
  • Creating a JEDI Dashboard: regional dashboard to report, assess, and align equity principles in key impact areas
  • Community well-being efforts: establishing a regional Maslow’s Pyramid to engage anchor institutions, landowners, and cities in equitable development

The Lighthouse Network (formerly B2R) is a network coalition of private, public sector and not for profit leaders uniting to place every individual and family on the path to economic freedom. This new economy must ensure that everyone's immediate basic needs are met and that they can achieve a dignified livelihood through meaningful, empowered jobs. The network has approximately 120 individuals from over 60 organizations and is organized into 8 working groups. The network is currently organizing around the following strategic initiatives:

  • Guaranteed Basic Income
  • Community Well-Being: Moffett Park Development
  • Workforce and Adult Education Partnerships

Regional Recovery Coordination Group is a collaborative of key leaders involved in regional recovery that we convene to drive connection, collaboration and equitable solutions across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Why are we doing it?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating public health and economic impacts in Silicon Valley. It has also magnified and exacerbated the immediate needs of Silicon Valley communities and long-standing structural inequities that have led to a persistent housing crisis, financial instability, and uneven economic mobility for residents of color and undocumented status. The Lighthouse Building Back Better initiative is an answer to the regional need for not only an equitable economic recovery but an equitable future where individuals and families have the opportunity to thrive.

Who's involved?

Lighthouse Network (Formerly B2R)

The Lighthouse network involves approximately 120 individuals from over 60 organizations. The current Steering Committee includes leadership from Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Working Partnerships USA, Project HIRED, and Goodwill Industries Silicon Valley.

Regional Recovery Coordination Group

This group includes representation from City of San Mateo, City of San Jose, NOVAworks, San Mateo County, San Mateo County Office of Education, Santa Clara County, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Stanford University’s Social Impact Lab and Office of Community Engagement and Thrive Alliance.

Additional Initiative Partnerships

Lighthouse: Building Back Better Team

  • Quency Phillips, Executive Director and JVSV Chief Equity Officer
  • Elaine Alvite, Director of Economic Mobility
  • Teresa Ong, Director of Workforce Development in Partnership with Foothill DeAnza College
  • Ashley Raggio, Initiative Deputy Director
  • Maria Vans, Youth Liberation Movement Fellow

What are the latest developments?

Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) Convening

On April 18th, Lighthouse: Building Back Better in partnership with B2R, Santa Clara County, and Destination:HOME, elevated our Guaranteed Basic Income Initiative to regional recognition. The convening featured leading researcher Professor Gary Dean Painter, USC Sol Price, and Special Consultant to the State of California, Katie Clarkin who presented on the proposed $35M state Request for Application. There were also presentations on the many lessons learned from other pilots. The event had 72 live participants, with 96 total registered and receiving the information. As we look to our next steps, we will be holding follow up meetings during the first part of May. Be on the lookout for more information on B2R’s social media channels (links below) and network email updates. For more information contact Quency Phillips. (Primary Presentation Slide Deck, CA State Slide Deck, and Recording)

Foothill College Sunnyvale Campus Summer Activation

On July 11, 2022, our Executive Director will be leading a free week-long summer course for all ages through Foothill College’s Sunnyvale campus summer activation. His course titled “In the Lab” will focus on the basics of music: business, songwriting, production, and the future. This course will feature speakers from the industry, as well as current recording artists and producers. The campus will also feature other courses geared towards the high school student population. The new center also serves as the JEDI Center of Innovation in partnership with Lighthouse Building Back Better. As part of the employer engagement strategy for Lighthouse, the center will serve to help active authentic employer engagement in Santa Clara County.

Open Call: JEDI Government Council

For those jurisdictions interested in obtaining assistance in their DEI work, we offer electronic toolkits, information sessions, and more to help navigate their plans to include DEI in their city’s infrastructure. For more information, please complete this interest form.

Obtained an April 2022 Grant to support operations

Lighthouse received a grant to support the development of the family-sustaining income equity indicator. This grant will also support the justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) framework to establish regional JEDI Councils to support the region’s goals.

What are the next steps?

  • July Summer Career Awareness Event at Foothill Sunnyvale
  • GBI convening to pursue the upcoming $35M RFA from the State of CA
  • Lighthouse Road Show - Summer 2022

Where do I find out more?

To learn more about the initiative, contact:

Ashley Raggio

(408) 316-8889

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Lighthouse (Building Back Better)

Joint Venture’s Lighthouse initiative, formerly known as Building Back Better, is working toward an equitable regional recovery and the opportunity to create family-sustaining income opportunities for all.