Committees 2017-04-17T14:27:14+00:00

Innovation Tri-Valley has several committees that meet on a regular basis to work on specific projects and programs. This is a summary of each of the committees, who is the Chair and their respective responsibilities.

The CEO Circle meets on an as-needed basis, so C-level executives of member companies can suggest new or revised policy directions for Innovation Tri-Valley.

For more information contact Dale Kaye.

Chair – John Sensiba

This group is considerably smaller than our board and distills deliverables, synthesizes needs of stakeholders and generally sets policy.

For more information contact Dale Kaye.

Chair – Lynda Seaver

The Press Relations/Press Outreach committee works to facilitate more press coverage for ITV, its members and the Tri-Valley Branding Plan.


  • Punctuate the regional marketing program with PR efforts that shine a light on innovative leaders and companies in the region.
  • Ensure sponsors are featured in marketing campaign narrative.
  • Build out new media resources and add data to the website.
  • Help recruit speakers and moderators for key events.
  • Ensure active connections with influencers and reporters.
  • Partner with sponsors in social media efforts.

Chair – Barry Russell

Business growth requires talented employees. Strong schools can help recruit these employees from other areas with strong K-12 schools of their own. The goal of the Education Committee is to provide K-12 schools and community college with opportunities to advance STEM education.


  • Connect businesses with schools to provide direction to develop STEM programs or other programs businesses indicate they need.
  • Produce a matrix that defines each district’s STEM program.
  • Analyze the matrix to determine missing link and fill the gaps.
  • Enhance communication between business, School Districts and advanced education institutions in the Tri-Valley and beyond.

Chair – Beth McCormack

The Workforce Development for STEM sub-committee is focused to develop a community centered, high level model that will provide sustainable workforce solutions for local employers.


  • Connect best practices developed by educators, non-profits, workforce development boards and employers into our future workforce.

Chair – Sblend Sblendorio

The Housing, Infrastructure & Transportation Committee (HIT) is focused on addressing quality of life issues including the need for affordable family housing and transportation needs. HIT facilitates the need more housing developments in the region and policy changes that make developing housing easier. HIT also advocates for better transportation infrastructure including BART to ACE and more flights to and from Oakland International Airport


  • Stimulate R&D: Dollars may be scarcer these days and the competition stiffer, but money still goes to those with bold plans and the leadership alignment to deliver results. Innovation Tri-Valley supports strategies to secure new funding for economic growth programs through innovative public and private partnerships.
  • Advocate for partnerships that support Tri-Valley businesses in scaling up e.g. CES/Bridgelux/City of Livermore Partnership.
  • Support the Educational component of these programs.
  • Leverage intellectual property.
  • Build awareness of intellectual property and technology available for licensing. Support development of Open Campus and i-GATE to encourage prototyping of breakthrough IP.
  • Advocate as a region for greater Infrastructure investment.
  • Explore State and Federal Funding opportunities as a region. Advocate for incentive for technology based companies to locate in the Tri-Valley.

Chair – Mark Triska

The Business Innovation committee’s main focus is to turn up the heat in the Tri-Valley by attracting business to grow in the region, generating jobs, retaining top talent and expanding the number of major corporations.


  • Carry out marketing and public relations efforts leveraging our regional identity, presenting events like the annual #GameChangers event.
  • Establish and scale business; create a one-stop package for establishing businesses.
  • Work with government officials to streamline permitting policies.
  • Interconnect locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Facilitate business and community connections and access strategic relationships with business and government.
  • Establish regional presence in national and statewide organizations to gain a broader voice and influence.
  • Invite and welcome new Sponsors.