Regional Meeting 2015

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As the Bay Area's innovation economy booms, it is creating great opportunity and wealth for many residents.  But not everyone is sharing in this cycle of prosperity. For many people, the high cost of living in the Bay Area  -- from skyrocketing rents and home prices to terrible traffic congestion -- is unsustainable.

On October 8, our panel will bring together government leaders from San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties to focus on the need for unified public policies and strategies to address the growing inequalities within our region. Please join us to discuss how we can make life in the Bay Area more equitable and full of opportunity for more of our neighbors and family members.

3 p.m. - Doors Open
3:30-4:30 p.m. - Regional Meeting
4:30-5:30 p.m. - Reception and Corporate/Nonprofit fair

Although pre-registration is now closed, we still encourage you to attend! Walk-in registration will be available beginning at 3 p.m. on Oct. 8.

Directions and Parking
Here are directions to the Santa Clara Convention Center. Please park in the ramp located behind the Santa Clara Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency hotel. Parking in this ramp is free.

Once you've parked, please exit the ramp and follow the walkway to enter the top floor of the Convention Center. Then, follow the signs to head down the escalator and proceed to the Mission City Ballroom for the event.

Accessible parking is available at the front of the Convention Center. 

Our Guest Speakers will be:

Angela Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink

Blackwell started PolicyLink, a national research and action institute, in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity.



Under Blackwell's leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education and infrastructure. Prior to founding PolicyLink, Blackwell served as senior vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland Urban Strategies Council. From 1977-87, she was a partner at Public Advocates, a nationally known public interest law firm.

Blackwell is the co-author of "Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future" (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010). In 2013, she and PolicyLink collaborated with the Center for American Progress to write and release "All In Nation: An America that Works for All." Blackwell also serves on numerous boards, including the Children's Defense Fund and the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Blackwell earned a bachelor's degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gary Graves

Gary Graves
Chief Operating Officer, County of Santa Clara

In his role as chief operating officer, Graves supports County Executive Jeff Smith and the Board of Supervisors in the management of Santa Clara



County's $5.2 billion organization. Graves has an oversight role in the resource allocation process and is also focused on the efficient and effective delivery of county services. He has been instrumental in the implementation of AB 109/Public Safety Realignment and the development of Pay for Success pilot projects in the areas of homelessness and acute mental health care.

Graves began his career with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington, D.C. After a brief period with the Urban Academy for Management consulting firm, Graves joined New York City's Office of Management and Budget. During his five-year tenure there, Graves provided leadership in the oversight of police services for the city, contributing to the rebuilding of the department after the city's financial problems in the late 1970s.

In 1984 Graves accepted the position of budget analysis manager for Santa Clara County. Since that time Graves has played a major role in the fiscal management of the county organization as budget director and deputy county executive, guiding the county through the economic turbulence of the early 1990s and the recession of 2008–10.

Graves holds a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University and a master's degree from the State University of New York at Albany. Graves also attended the state/local executive training program at Harvard University.

Naomi Kelly

Naomi Kelly
City Administrator, City of San Francisco

As city administrator, Kelly oversees San Francisco's General Services Agency, which consists of 25 departments, divisions, and programs.



She is responsible for a workforce of 2,700 people and an annual budget of nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars. Kelly, who was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee in 2012, is strongly committed to strengthening the local economy, ensuring the efficacy of government services, increasing the city's safety and resiliency, and optimizing the city's capital planning and infrastructure

Prior to her current role, Kelly was appointed city purchaser and director of the Office of Contract Administration by Mayor Gavin Newsom. She previously served as special assistant in the mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, and worked in the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. She also served as the city's executive director of the taxicab commission.

Kelly serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Capital Planning Committee, the Committee on Information Technology, the Workforce Investment San Francisco Board, and the newly created Our Children, Our Families Council. She has also been a leader in several major private-public partnerships such as the celebration of the San Francisco City Hall Centennial and the Bay Area Women's Summit.

Kelly received her undergraduate and law degrees, respectively, from New York University and the University of San Francisco. Kelly is a member of the California State Bar.

John Maltbie

John Maltbie
County Manager, County of San Mateo

Maltbie's service in public administration began in 1972. After fulfilling his duties in the United States Army as first lieutenant, he began his



career in Santa Clara County as an administrative analyst. He later became the city manager for Milpitas, California, and Glendale, Arizona, as well as assistant county executive for Santa Clara County. Maltbie served as San Mateo County's county manager from 1989-2008, and returned to the position in 2011. Under his leadership, San Mateo County was the first county in the state to develop school-based children and family services, a MediCal managed care system for medical and mental health patients, and a work-first model for welfare reform.

Maltbie has also implemented notable fiscal programs for San Mateo County, such as performance-based budgeting, strategic planning, comprehensive financial evaluation, and capital planning and budgeting. As a strong proponent of collaborative relationships with other local governments and community organizations, Maltbie continues San Mateo County's long history of mutually beneficial partnerships, such as the City/County Association of Governments; the Peninsula Partnership for Children, Youth and Families; and the Library Joint Powers Authority.

Maltbie is a member of the Speakers Commission on State/Local Government Finance, the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Vision 2010 Team, and is part of the International Cities/Counties Management Association's (ICMA) Performance Measurement Task Force. He is also the Chair of the ICMA's Performance Measurement-Youth Services Task Force.

Maltbie holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in political science with emphasis in public administration from San Jose State University.


Emmett Carson
CEO and President, SVCF

Mr. Carson is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. An international thought leader in the field of philanthropy, in 2006 he led the unprecedented merger of two



community foundations, creating SVCF. With a growth in assets from $1.4 billion to over $6.5 billion, SVCF is the nation's largest community foundation and in the top 10 among all types of foundations. SVCF's 1,700 family and corporate donor funds support a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Before this, Emmett had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, and prior to that oversaw the Ford Foundation's U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Emmett has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice, public accountability and African American giving. He is consistently recognized as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and has honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College and The National Hispanic University. Emmett received both his master's and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor's degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.




Thank you to our Sponsors

Leader Sponsors




Colonial Consulting


Handel Sunrise


Morgan Stanley


Robert Half

Champion Sponsors



BNY Mellon


The Driscoll Family


East West Bank


Legacy Venture







Patron Sponsors


Applied Materials Foundation

Black Rock

Castellano Family Foundation


Dodge and Cox



The Dirk and Charlene
 Kabcenell Foundation


Ebay, Inc




J.P. Morgan Chase



The Knight Foundation


Moss Adams






State Street


Texas Instruments

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