Regional Meeting

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is thrilled to invite you to our 2016 Regional Meeting!

Technology is an incredible tool – it connects people to each other, creates jobs all over the world and makes life easier for millions of people. At the same time, the very technology that provides these benefits is also being used to capture vast amounts of personal information, consumer preferences and even our location. How do we strike the right balance between promoting technology and protecting our fundamental right to privacy? 

This panel will explore the promise, as well as the challenges, that new technologies present to our civil rights and civil liberties.

Panelists include: 

  • Anthony D. Romero - Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Elliot Schrage - Vice President of Communications and Public Policy, Facebook
  • Raj Jayadev - Executive Director, Silicon Valley De-Bug

The discussion will be moderated by Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Chief Community Impact Officer Erica Wood.

2016 SVCF Regional Meeting:
Civil Liberties and Technology

Monday, Oct. 10
Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

2:30 - Doors Open
3 p.m. - Program
4:30-6 p.m. - Reception


About our Panelists

Anthony D. Romero is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation's premier defender of liberty and individual freedom. An attorney with a history of public-interest activism, Romero has presided over the most successful membership growth in the ACLU's history and a large increase in national and affiliate staff. This extraordinary growth has allowed the ACLU to expand its nationwide litigation, lobbying, advocacy and public education programs.

Romero is the ACLU's sixth executive director, and the first Latino and openly gay man to serve in that capacity. Born in New York City to parents who hailed from Puerto Rico, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He is a graduate of Stanford University Law School and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs.


Elliot Schrage is the Vice President of Communications and Public Policy at Facebook, where he is responsible for developing and coordinating key messages about products, corporate business and partnerships. He also oversees the company’s public policy strategy worldwide. Elliot joined Facebook from Google, where he was the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. He helped broaden and coordinate the company’s messaging from a focus on product PR to include all aspects of corporate, financial, policy, philanthropic and internal communications.  

Prior to Google, Elliot was the Bernard L. Schwarz Senior Fellow in business and foreign policy at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier in his career, Elliot served as the Senior Vice President of Global Affairs for Gap Inc. and an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Columbia Law School. He has been a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times.   Elliot holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Raj Jayadev is the co-founder of Silicon Valley De-Bug — a community organizing and social entrepreneurial collective based in San Jose, CA. For nearly fifteen years, the organization has been a platform for the least heard of Silicon Valley — youth, immigrants, families impacted by the criminal justice system — to impact the the political, cultural, and social landscape of the region. Through De-Bug, Jayadev and is colleagues also started a family organizing model called the Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project – a methodology for families and communities to impact the outcome of cases of their loved ones and change the landscape of power in the courts. They call the approach "participatory defense" and are now implementing the model nationally.  

Jayadev is currently an Ashoka Fellow and a Rosenberg Foundation Leading Edge Fellow. His writing and work has appeared and been profiled in media outlets such as the New York Times,, and National Public Radio.

Transportation Options

Want free transportation to and from the event? SVCF is pleased to partner with Thrive Alliance of Nonprofits in San Mateo County, to provide bus transportation to the event. Save your seat using the form in the link here: 


About SVCF's Regional Meeting

The Regional Meeting is an annual event hosted by SVCF that brings together diverse community members to learn the latest on important issues from expert guest speakers. 

The Regional Meeting is open to the public: nonprofits, foundations, corporate representatives, community members and leaders, and more are encouraged to attend. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact for ways to reach diverse audiences and elevate your brand through this event.

This year, we are pleased to host the Regional Meeting in San Francisco in conjunction with our inaugural Innovation Conference, a unique learning event for philanthropists, grantmakers and corporate responsibility professionals. Learn more!