Joint Venture Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

Due to the COVID crisis, on March 16, 2020 and at the onset of lockdown orders, Joint Venture re-purposed and redeployed staff and volunteers to be of maximum service to the region. We compiled a list of resources that served as a repository of information about the crisis with resources for the community.

Fifteen months later, Joint Venture has recategorized these resources as completed. With 70% of all Santa Clara County and 84% of San Mateo County residents age 12 and older fully vaccinated (according to the County dashboards as of June 14), the region is taking steps to re-open safely.

While the coronavirus pandemic claimed more than 600,000 lives across the country, California reopened on June 15 at its lowest test positivity rate of the pandemic at 0.7% and at 0.4% for Santa Clara County, according to California Public Health.

Joint Venture has convened a new initiative called Building Back Better. Using the Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable and San Mateo County Recovery Initiative reports as a foundation, the initiative provides a backbone infrastructure for regional recovery efforts. Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture and board co-chairs Nicole Taylor and Dave Wehner served on the Silicon Valley Roundtable.

Building Back Better engages in a spectrum of recovery efforts to identify opportunities to build pathways to an equitable future for all Silicon Valley residents. Joint Venture will support the operations of the network with a data-driven approach.