Initiative matches skilled volunteers to community projects
July 17, 2020 - Joint Venture Silicon Valley has appointed Ashley Raggio as executive director of its Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) initiative. Raggio, who has served as director of the initiative since coming to Joint Venture last year, succeeds Floor Koudijs, who left the organization to return with her family to their home in the Netherlands.
The Silicon Valley Talent Partnership matches highly skilled teams from Silicon Valley companies to high-impact, pro bono projects that tackle some of our most pressing community challenges.
Since the onset of the pandemic, SVTP has pivoted to pair skilled volunteers to community-based non-profits addressing the COVID-19 crisis. Joining forces with Silicon Valley Strong, the City of San Jose, and the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, SVTP took on the role of matching skilled volunteers to community organizations working on the front lines of the crisis. SVTP has matched more than 40 skilled volunteers to 17 organizations involved in relief efforts and generated a database of more than 1,100 skilled volunteers.
“Ashley’s strength is managing and delivering effective service programs that add value to the community and to volunteers,” said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture CEO. “She is a strategic connector at a time when this work is so vital.”
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Raggio completed her B.S. at the University of Oregon and earned a master’s degree in higher education leadership from San Jose State University. She joined the university staff to facilitate service-learning experiences in the classroom, student leadership development programs, and the coordination of AmeriCorps students in service. Following her time in higher education, Raggio coordinated a volunteer program at Silicon Valley FACES.
Service has always been a common thread for Raggio. Her value of service and community engagement inspired her to start a division of the nonprofit Doing Good Together™ in Silicon Valley to encourage more families to raise children who care and give back.
“I am passionate about connecting skilled volunteers that are eager to give back to projects that bring about change,” said Raggio. “And SVTP unites corporate, nonprofit, academia and the public sector with partnerships that deliver meaningful impact.”
About Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Established in 1993, Joint Venture provides analysis and action on issues affecting the Silicon Valley economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues, launch projects and work toward innovative solutions. For more information, visit www.jointventure.org.