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Silicon Valley Leadership Group

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Silicon Valley Leadership Group is, according to their website, "a public policy business trade organization. The Leadership Group was founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard and represents more than 375 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and contribute more than $3 trillion to the worldwide economy."[1]

SVLG is a privately held company. It was founded in 1978 by David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard.

Ties to Pete Peterson's "Fix the Debt"

The Campaign to Fix the Debt is the latest incarnation of a decades-long effort by former Nixon man turned Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson to slash earned benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare under the guise of fixing the nation's "debt problem."

This article is part of the Center for Media and Democracy's investigation of Pete Peterson's Campaign to "Fix the Debt." Please visit our main SourceWatch page on Fix the Debt.

About Fix the Debt
The Campaign to Fix the Debt is the latest incarnation of a decades-long effort by former Nixon man turned Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson to slash earned benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare under the guise of fixing the nation's "debt problem." Through a special report and new interactive wiki resource, the Center for Media and Democracy -- in partnership with the Nation magazine -- exposes the funding, the leaders, the partner groups, and the phony state "chapters" of this astroturf supergroup. Learn more at PetersonPyramid.org and in the Nation magazine.


Board of Directors

As of February 2013: [2]

  • Chairman: Steve Berglund, Trimble Navigation
  • President & CEO: Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Robert Shoffner, Citibank
  • Past Chairman: Tom Werner, SunPower
  • Past Chairman: Aart de Geus, Synopsys
  • Past Chairman: Mike Splinter, Applied Materials

Executive Management

  • Carl Guardino, President & CEO
  • Dennis Cima, Senior Vice President
  • Shiloh Ballard, Vice President, Housing & Community Development
  • Phyllis Claassen, Vice President, Administration & Finance
  • Kirk Everett, Vice President, Government Relations & Tax Policy
  • Steve Wright, Vice President, Strategic Communications
  • Brian Brennan, Vice President, Member Services, Federal/State Coalitions
  • Mike Mielke, Vice President, Environmental Programs & Policy
  • Jessica Zenk, Senior Director, Transportation Policy
  • Emily Lam, Senior Director, Health Care & Federal Issues
  • Anne Smart, Energy Director
  • Samantha James, Senior Communications Associate
  • Casey Beyer, Senior Advisor to the President
  • Bena Chang, Director, Housing & Transportation
  • Grace Kay, Federal & State Policy Associate
  • Aditi Goel, Senior Associate for Education and Health Polic

Contact details

2001 Gateway Place, Suite 101E
San Jose, CA 95110

Phone: (408) 501-7864
Fax: (408) 501-7861
E-Mail: pclaassen@svlg.org

www.svlg.org

Resources & Articles

Featured SourceWatch Articles on Fix the Debt

References

  1. Silicon Valley Leadership Group About Us organizational website, accessed February 7, 2013
  2. Silicon Valley Leadership Group Board of Directors organizational website, accessed February 7, 2013
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