Press Release - July 17, 2015

Gina Dalma Named SVCF's Special Advisor for Public Policy

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Gina D. Dalma has been promoted to the role of special advisor to the CEO for public policy, Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced today.

In this role, Dalma will be responsible for leading SVCF’s ongoing lobbying efforts in Sacramento and its emerging efforts in Washington, D.C. SVCF’s California lobbying work is currently centered around education, including objective standards for placing students in mathematics courses that can affect their college readiness, as well as advocacy for early learning programs for the state’s youngest children. In Washington, D.C., SVCF hopes to be a leading voice on topics that have the potential to advance the philanthropic sector. 

”Gina’s expertise, leadership and thoughtful judgment will help SVCF draw attention to topics of deep interest to Silicon Valley communities whose voices are not always heard by political leaders,” said SVCF’s CEO and president, Emmett Carson, to whom Dalma will report. “Everyone who knows Gina knows she will bring great energy and compassion to this work on behalf of the community.”  

Dalma has been with SVCF for more than seven years. In that time, she has distinguished herself by ably leading SVCF’s education grantmaking strategy, moving from program officer to her most recent position as director of grantmaking. In addition, Dalma has served as co-lead for the Silicon Valley Common Core Initiative. Her expertise in the field of education is widely recognized across the state and, increasingly, across the country. 

Prior to joining SVCF, Dalma was engaged in various aspects of the lobbying process in her previous role as senior economist at the Law and Economics Consulting Group, as well as in her work as a director with the Mexican Federal Telecommunications Commission. Dalma holds an M.A. in international policy studies from Stanford University and an M.S. in economics from the University of London.  




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