Institute Staff

Institute Staff

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Russell Hancock

President

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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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Annette Nellen

Institute Fellow

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Margaret O’Mara

Distinguished Fellow

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Drew Starbird

Senior Fellow

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Karen Trapenberg Frick

Distinguished Fellow

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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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Institute staff are available to provide in-person or remote briefings on Silicon Valley, our economic and community health trends, and how the region is doing overall.

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About the Institute

The Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies is the research arm of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and is housed within the organization. For more information on the Institute, please visit the Joint Venture website Institute page.