Press Release - February 12, 2019

Silicon Valley Community Foundation Hires Melissa Daar Carvajal as Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Melissa Daar CarvajalMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.  - Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) has named Melissa Daar Carvajal as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Communications, the organization announced today.

In this role, she will lead the community foundation’s team in its strategic marketing and strategic communications efforts. Daar Carvajal brings to SVCF 20-plus years of experience with local, state and national nonprofits and foundations.

“I am thrilled to bring Melissa to SVCF,” said Nicole Taylor, president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. “Her broad and deep expertise in social impact marketing and communications will be incredibly valuable in supporting us as we launch the next chapter for this dynamic community foundation.”

Previously, as the founder of MDC Network, Daar Carvajal assisted such outstanding organizations as The Early Learning Lab, Center for Youth Wellness, Social Interest Solutions, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Thrive Foundation for Youth and the Rogers Family Foundation. Earlier in her career, she played key senior roles at the Stuart Foundation, Fenton Communications, and Full Court Press, as well as doing a stint in county government.

Daar Carvajal is an active public schools advocate and parent at Mission High School in San Francisco, where her sons attend school and her husband teaches music. She also is a senior advisor to PlazaCuba, an international cultural exchange company she founded. She has a bachelor’s degree from Clark University, where she majored in sociology.


About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at