Institute Research Team

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Russell Hancock


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Rachel Massaro

Director of Research

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Heidi Young

Senior Researcher

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Stephen Levy

Affiliated Researcher and Senior Advisor to the Silicon Valley Index

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Institute Fellow at the Institute for Regional Studies

Annette Nellen

Annette Nellen is a Fellow at Joint Venture's Institute for Regional Studies. She is a professor in and director of San José State University's graduate tax program (MST), teaching courses in tax research, accounting methods, individual tax, property transactions, employment tax, leadership, ethics, and tax policy. Nellen is the recipient of the 2013 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award given by the Tax Division of the AICPA, the highest award given by the accounting profession in taxation.

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Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Regional Studies

Margaret O’Mara

Joint Venture has named Margaret O’Mara a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Regional Studies, its research arm. Considered one of Silicon Valley’s foremost expositors, O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor at the University of Washington and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. An award-winning historian, she recently published a history of the Valley that is being hailed as definitive, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Penguin Press, 2019).

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Senior Fellow at the Institute for Regional Studies

Drew Starbird

Drew Starbird is Senior Fellow for the Institute. He is a frequent contributor to the Institute’s research on hunger and food assistance projects and provides continuing counsel and work on broader initiatives. Professor Starbird is executive director of the My Own Business Institute and a professor in the department of information systems & analytics at Santa Clara University.

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Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Regional Studies

Karen Trapenberg Frick

Joint Venture has named Karen Trapenberg Frick a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Regional Studies, its research arm. An expert on transportation planning in the Bay Area and beyond, Professor Frick is the director of the University of California Transportation Center and a professor of city and regional planning at the Berkeley campus.

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Jon Haveman

Affiliated Researcher

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Issi Romem

Advisor, Housing

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Josh Williams

Advisor, Workforce & Economic Research

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Ryan Young

Affiliated Researcher, Regional Employment

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Ricky Manago

Affiliated Researcher

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Kelly Costa

Affiliated Researcher, Nonprofits & Philanthropy

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Trenton Marlar

Affiliated Researcher, Survey Research

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Steven Ross

Affiliated Researcher, Land Use

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Kelsi Caywood

Affiliated Researcher, Gender and Work

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Lukas Lopez-Jensen

Research Associate

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Equity Advisory Committee

The Institute’s Equity Advisory Committee is made up of a diverse group of people, with a diverse set of lived experiences. Its primary function is to review the annual Silicon Valley Poll questions for any unconscious/implicit bias. The committee also serves in an advisory capacity throughout the year on other questions related to equity (e.g., equity in data, language).

Committee members have completed an extensive demographic survey to help ensure the diversity of the committee with respect to race, ethnicity, ancestry, cultural background, socioeconomic status, and other factors that impact the lived experiences they bring to the table. Efforts to increase the diversity of the committee through future recruitment of additional members are ongoing.

  • Alex Andrade, Director of Economic Development/Interim Housing Lead, City of Milpitas
  • Bhe Balde, Assistant Director of Student Services, Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability
  • Dana Bunnett, Director, Kids in Common
  • Mayra S. Cerda, Director of Programs, Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment
  • Daniel Degu, Sr., Economic Development Manager City of Cupertino
  • Shamsah Ebrahim, Director of Evaluation and Learning, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Darcie Green, Executive Director, Latinas Contra Cancer
  • Noelani Pearl Hernández, Vice President, Cultural and Leadership, Charity Navigator
  • Charlie Hoffs, Co-Founder, unBox & Institute Affiliated Researcher
  • Ariana Perez, Project Manager, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Edith Ramirez, Assistant City Manager for Development Services, City of Morgan Hill
  • Yosimar Reyes, Poet & Activist
  • Héctor Sánchez-Flores, Executive Director, National Compadres Network/National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute
  • Usha Srinivasan, President, Mosaic America
  • Tracy Weatherby, VP, Strategy & Advocacy, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
  • Jahmal Williams, Director of Advocacy for Racial Justice, San José State University

Academic Research Partners

Academic research groups working with the Institute on various regional health topics.

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Community Researcher Partners

Partner organizations working on critical data-driven projects and programs affecting our region’s health and quality of life.

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Isabelle Foster

Affiliated Researcher

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Charlie Hoffs

Affiliated Researcher

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The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional, and national data sources, as well as additional related online resources within the following categories: People, Economy, Society, Place, and Governance. There are also metrics presented through an equity lens.

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