TRIVALLEY Community Driving Diversity Equity and Inclusion Innovation

#TRIVALLEYTOGETHER Highlights Progress on Social Change

The Tri-Valley is known as the Heart of California Innovation in part because of our belief that our entire community should be given opportunities to contribute to and share the benefits of our economic growth. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is essential to our region and to creating opportunity for all.

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV) is a collective of leaders from the corporate, research, education and public sectors.  While many ITV leaders have notably stepped forward with action on inequity, many others who are leading in the region are making strides too.  This #TRIVALLEYTOGETHER posting is in an effort to be sure we share our gratitude with all those who are making change happen in our region.

We welcome information from you about efforts that should be

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Hoge Fenton recently presented a panel on racial injustice titled “Black Lives Matter: No More Happy Talk”, moderated by the law firm’s Managing Shareholder, Dan Ballesteros.  Among the notable speakers was the Honorable LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, the first female African American judge in Northern California and the first female African American Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County, California.  Hoge Fenton has donated to the Equal Justice Society, the Margaret Walker Center, and the African American Composer Initiative. The firm’s owners today are 40% women, and approximately one-third are an ethnic minority. ITV Executive Board Member, and Hoge Fenton attorney, Sblend Sblendorio, notes that a former Hoge Fenton partner founded the Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program, a program the firm continues to support through funding and the hiring of program participants.

Steve Lanza, ITV Board Chair, Principal of Tri-Valley Advising and Senior Advisor to Lam Research reports that in September CEO Tim Archer was appointed chair of the National GEM Consortium board of directors, one of the premier organizations for the best and brightest underrepresented minority STEM talent in the country.  “Lam shares GEM’s belief that greater diversity amplifies the technology industry’s positive impact on our communities,” said Archer.  Lam Research also recently donated $250K to UNCF’s Emergency COVID Relief Fund to support black students facing increased financial hardship; and $250K to iUrbanTeen to support training and online programs for students that are homebound as a result of COVID – 19; $250K to the Center of Policing Equity working with police departments to change discriminatory practices across the country; and $250K to Equal Justice Initiative to fight injustice throughout the entire judicial system.

The City of Livermore has established a new Council Subcommittee on Equity and Inclusion led by Co-chairs Vice Mayor Bob Woerner and Council Member Trish Munro.  Livermore has welcomed diverse community engagement in this process and an Equity and Inclusion Working Group has now created small focused teams to address structural racism and its impact on people of color. “Until all of us are welcome and included, none of us will be truly free of fear. Through including different voices, we are all strengthened as we share food and traditions, when we have conversation and exchange ideas,” said Council Member Trish Munro.

Sensiba San Filippo’s (SSF) managing partner, John Sensiba, signed the CEO Action Pledge for Diversity & Inclusion as a commitment to create and share a strategic inclusion and diversity plan and openly share the firm’s successes, failures and learnings. In a strategic effort to better connect SSF job opportunities with a more inclusive population, the firm now uses the Circa workforce compliance system to monitor how many women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and more diverse audiences have been reached. SSF has also joined forces with four other accounting firms to fund The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship and Internship Program to provide a scholarship and internship to five ethnic minority accounting students who intend to pursue a CPA career. SSF also participates in Cal Poly’s educational scholarship for first-generation female accounting students.

The ‘Black Professionals at Fremont Bank’ group was recently established to advise Senior Executives and the Board of Directors at the bank.  The group’s initiatives include improving diversity within key leadership groups and allocating more corporate giving to organizations fighting for racial justice and equality. “Our senior leaders are listening carefully and learning what it means to be Black in our communities and at Fremont Bank, says Don Marek, Senior Vice President of Fremont Bank and Treasurer of the ITV Executive Board.   The Bank has recently added Black associates to its Corporate Giving Committee and Corporate Ambassador Group and sponsored events including the Oakland Roots Justice Match that raises funds for organizations fighting for racial and gender equality.

In the Pleasanton Unified School District, teachers Betsey Belleville and Anaite Letona created an inclusion class that integrates typical 4th/5th graders and students with special needs at Alisal Elementary School. Finding opportunity in the face of adversity, the remote learning classes are taught as a group of approximately 30 students. “It’s phenomenal and what all of our classrooms should be striving for. The biggest challenge for doing this in person, which is space, is removed. It’s absolutely amazing to watch,” said Alisal Principal Karen Johnson, as students have gained significant language and social skill improvements.

Harold Roundtree, President/CEO of UNCLE Credit Union, and James Head, President/CEO of the East Bay Community Foundation, served as panelists in a Black Lives Matter forum hosted on September 10 by the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance.  The forum featured key Black community leaders in an open dialogue addressing systemic racism and its effect on people of color throughout society.  The forum was moderated by Caretha Coleman, Chairman of Dignity Community Care, and Jackie Bouvier Copeland, PhD, Founder of Black Philanthropy Month and Founder/CEO of The WISE Fund also served as a panelist.

QUEST Science Center has become a member of the OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network to help the organization become more inclusive, equitable, and relevant.  The Change Network program is designed to help build authentic community partnerships, listen and learn from new voices, improve institutional programs and policies, and get support from coaches and peers around the world.

On October 14, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the workplace. Diversity leaders participated from Robert Half, Chevron, Sensiba San Filippo, and the City of Pleasanton, sharing personal stories and perspectives from the lens of small to large-sized companies as well as that of a government agency.

TriNet’s PeopleForce event was held on Oct 20-22, as a one-of-a-kind virtual conference for small and medium-sized businesses.  The event featured prominent speakers including former U.S. President George W. Bush, who discussed the challenges facing America and the country’s businesses, the power of freedom, and the importance of resiliency. The three-day virtual conference addressed DEI issues at several sessions including Systemic Discrimination, Inequality Doesn’t Work Here, and Movement Not a Moment: How Diversity Makes Your Business Better.

#TRIVALLEYTogether – A Call to Action

This is our chance.

Call-to-Action: What TRIVALLEY Businesses and ITV Partners Are Doing to Fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Investments and donations are being delivered all across our region by TRIVALLEY companies flattening the curve and fighting the pandemic that is affecting us on a global scale. Yes, the TRIVALLEY is an innovation hub that has long enjoyed a wonderful quality of life, yet we are also a community of thinkers and doers working together to make the world a better place. Please join Innovation TRIVALLEY Leadership Group by spreading the word, donating or simply supporting your local businesses as we navigate this time of uncertainty together. If you have questions about how you or your company can participate, please contact us at [email protected].

We join with our regional businesses and community members to direct our region’s help in these 3 focused areas:

Together, we have proven that Innovation, empathy and connectivity builds regional resiliency.

  • Donate Technology to support online learning
  • Donate Medical Supplies to our TRIVALLEY Hospitals
  • Donate Cash to support our most vulnerable population

OPTION 1 – Donate Technology

With colleges fully transitioning to online instruction, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District must help students in need to get immediate access to technology in order to continue their education. Laptops of all kinds are needed – donated devices will ideally have the following:

  • installed operating system (Windows 7 or 10)
  • wi-fi enabled
  • i5 processor or above, 8+ GB of RAM, 100GB hard drive
  • preferred: camera and microphone for online class attendance

Please contact us at [email protected] to arrange donations.

OPTION 2 – Donate Supplies

All of our TRIVALLEY hospitals are now accepting donations of unopened supplies in their original packaging. Review the list below for details. Any quantity, including very large amounts, are accepted. Supplies in most need include:

  • Masks (N95, surgical, and procedure)
  • Disinfecting wipes such as Clorox or Sani-cloth wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face shields
  • Goggles and eye shields
  • Isolation or surgical gowns
  • Controlled Air Purifying Respirator (CAPR) / Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) machines and disposables
  • Flocked swabs

We appreciate the mention that you were encouraged to donate by Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group.

These are supply chain contact emails for our TRIVALLEY Hospitals:

Stanford Health Care | ValleyCare
Stanford Children’s Health, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
Stanford Supply Chain Contact email: [email protected]
Community Donations – Helpful Tips (PDF)
Donation Drop off Locations

In person: Stanford Health Care
– ValleyCare
1119 E Stanley Blvd
Livermore, CA
Open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Stanford Health Care
550 Broadway St.
Redwood City, CA 94063
Open 7 days a week
8am-10am and 3pm-5pm

John Muir Health
John Muir Donation Contact email: [email protected]
Community Donations – Helpful Tips (PDF)
Donation Drop Off Location
John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center
Main Entrance
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek

Kaiser Permanente
Donation supply chain Contact Info: [email protected]
Community Donations – Helpful Tips (PDF)
Donation drop off instructions: Donations can be dropped off at the Information Desk at the Main Walnut Creek Hospital entrance.

San Ramon Regional (SRRMC)
SRRMC Donation supply chain Contact: [email protected] or 925-275-8229
Donation drop off instructions: Please contact Pamela Yoo to arrange donation drop off.

Sutter Health
Donation supply chain contact: [email protected] or call (844) 987-6099.
Donation drop off instructions: Please call the number above to make drop off arrangements.

Axis Community Health
Donation contact: Valerie Jonas [email protected]
Medical Supplies needed: paper gowns (300), face shields (300), procedure masks (500), washable cloth face masks (200)
Donation drop off instructions: Contact Valerie Jonas to make arrangements for drop off.

OPTION 3 – Donate Cash

As more people lose their jobs and are unable to work our vulnerable community members need even more help with essential services. ITV is recommending that cash gifts go directly to CityServe.

CityServe is a TRIVALLEY organization delivering emergency shelter, housing, access to medical and mental health care and transportation to services in Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and beyond. By donating directly, 100 percent of everything you share will go directly to this organization now serving a population with extremely low income (93%) and with a homeless or female head of household (87%). Also find volunteer opportunities and a list of most needed donations here. All contributions are tax deductible – to give click here. Please note in the memo section of the donation that your gift was inspired by your involvement with Innovation TRIVALLEY Leadership Group so together, we can measure community impact.

Thank You for investing in our TRIVALLEY community and Innovating in the COVID-19 battle

Please send info about your investment so we can tell your story and acknowledge you [email protected]


Anonymous – many generous cash donations to City Serve

AT&T – $10M in funding to support parents, teachers & students during COVID-19 school closures

Chevron – $500,000 grant to teachers and students through DonorsChoose program “Keep Kids Learning”

Dublin Unified School District – donated masks and gloves to local hospitals

East Bay Community Foundation – Granted over $1.7M to more than 50 Community and Frontline Organizations

Ellie Mae – donated laptops for Chabot/Las Positas Students

Engie – laptop donations for college students in need

First Street Alehouse – donating and delivery food to support Monthly Miracles, a TRIVALLEY Homeless Charity

Fremont Bank Foundation – granted over $400,000 as part of their COVID-19 community support campaign

Garre Vineyard & Winery Cafe – providing free individually packaged meals for healthcare workers

Kaiser Permanente – providing $1M to prevent and treat COVID-19 in the homeless population

Klau Family – Cash donation to City Serve

John Muir Health Foundation – Community outreach efforts coordinated 300+ donations for frontline workers

LAM Research – donated $25M in COVID-19 Relief & Recovery efforts and PPE supplies to support local hospitals

Livermore Rotary Club – $20,000 donation to Stanford/ValleyCare

Livermore Valley Unified School District – donated masks and gloves to local hospitals

Operation LOVE – gathering medical donations to serve medical facilities all across the region

Pleasanton Unified School District – donated masks and gloves to local hospitals

Tri-Valley Asian Association – raised thousands of dollars and donated tens of thousands of various PPE items to first responders and frontline health care professionals

Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund – New fund to provide “Critical Safety Net” to 6 TV service providers – 100% matched

Uneed2 – computers donated to Chabot/Las Positas Students

Visit Tri-Valley – donated 100 masks to Stanford/ValleyCare through tourism partner in China

Whitecastle Tours – delivery of prepared meals from Garre Vineyard & Winery Cafe


10x Genomics – research solutions that are an important part of the arsenal combating COVID-19

ALOM – pivoted manufacturing business to produce PPE

Armanino Foods – pivoted manufacturing business to produce PPE

Association of Manufacturing Bay Area – Co-founder Karen Burns connecting manufacturers who have pivoted operations to produce PPE for local hospitals and health care professionals

Comcast – offering two months of internet services free – supporting students and top executives donating 100% of their salaries to charities

The Crayon Initiative – Show us your Art challenges from 2018 ITV #GameChangers award-winning organization

DeltaTrak – developed a forehead Infrared Thermometer to Aid Diagnosis

East Bay Bio Network – finding certified local labtech volunteers to help scale COVID-19 testing

EBEDA – shared Regional Resources list to support East Bay Businesses

Ethan Ding – Athenian Student created YouTube Tutorial on how to make 3D face shields

GSC Cosmeceutical – pivoted business operations to increase production of hand sanitizer

Hoge Fenton – providing the community with free expert webinar advice from legal and business advisors

Hughes Marino – gratis small business advice on difficult leasing challenges

Jim Costa – connecting volunteer retired lab talent to make PPE for the health care community

iGate – coordinating projects to make PPE – Brandon Cardwell and Drew Felker

Kids Teach Tech – free online coding for students grades 1-12

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – White House Office of Science and Technology – COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium

Livermore Lab Foundation – coordinating lab retiree volunteer efforts

Livermore Shakes – created Shakespeare Literacy video series for 2nd-4th grade. New lessons online weekly

Lumenous– pivoted manufacturing business to produce isolation gowns

NBC Bay Area – supporting our region with positive news #somethinggood

Peridot Corporation – pivoted business to offer laser capacity for polycarbonate face shields

Quest Science Center 2.0 – created Quest@Home to assist families with distance learning

Roche Molecular Solutions – lighting speed production of new COVID-19 test

Robert Half, Bishop Ranch 3 – donated N95 masks to local hospitals

Sandia National Laboratories – dedicated scientists search for genetic bullet to battle COVID-19

Sensiba San Filippo – webinar advice for small/medium size businesses & providing disaster relief loan assistance

Shape Fitness – pivoted business to provide virtual health and wellness information for woman

Stanford Children’s Health – Lucille Packard Hospital – “Hospital School” offers innovative educational classes in art, science, and drama

Stanford Health Care/ValleyCare – Leader in Regional COVID-19 Testing at Alameda County Fairgrounds

SyncFab – pivoted manufacturing business to produce PPE

Title21 Health Solutions – doubled software licenses for free for frontline medical providers in blood banks and research hospitals

Tri-Valley Community Help During SIP – group created by Dublin school teacher wanting to help the community

Unchained Labs – developed the Lunatic system which determines DNA concentration in COVID-19 testing

Unify Livermore – working with TVNPA to raise money for critical safety net services in the TRIVALLEY

Vargaro Inc – Sharing free tools to take your business online to develop new sources of income

Veeva Systems – patient and prescriber data management innovation

Visit Tri-Valley – created the online Tri-Valley To Go Campaign to support restaurants, breweries and wineries

Westec Plastics – pivoted manufacturing business to produce PPE

WileyX – pivoted business to produce masks for the VA

Together, our TRIVALLEY innovation community continues to prove that innovation, empathy and connectivity builds regional resiliency.

Questions? Call 925.989.0188 or email [email protected]

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