SVCN and Community Technology Alliance have partnered to present an exciting new technology program to nonprofits.HandsOn Tech Silicon Valley is dedicated to promoting efficient and effective technology use to enhance the success of nonprofits and the communities they serve.
Meet our Hands On Tech Specialists
Kris has served in both the public as well as private sector and has been heavily involved in technology innovation. He is a founder of several tech start ups including Aevoe. He championed the early adoption of various technologies including getting camera modules into cell phones with Apple, Siemens, and Motorola. He also served as a technology analyst for ING Barings.
Kris was a staff member for Santa Cruz County Judge Jeff Almquist when he was a County Supervisor. Working in Los Gatos, he coordinated and was a lead writer for the Los Gatos Boulevard Study and Los Gatos Athletic Field Study which helped shape Los Gatos today. Kristopher Thornton was a long time board member of the Viet Arts Association and has a Masters in Public Administration from San Jose State University.
Ms. Arruiza is a 2012 – 2013 AmeriCorps VISA. Her primary task is to expand SVCN’s education program to include technology. With the help of SVCN and other organizations, she will do this by creating a sustainable technology training program for local nonprofit organizations. This program will be lead by volunteers from around Silicon Valley in the hopes that it will help nonprofits achieve their missions and goals more effectively.
As a public relations graduate from San Jose State University, Ms. Arruiza has lent her skills to corporate and nonprofit social campaigns and causes. One campaign she is proud of was a United Way Corporate Giving Campaign for NUMMI Motors. She hopes her year of service will give her numerous opportunities to help her local community.
Brian is a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/Advertising and minors in Business and Communication Arts and Sciences. Bay Area born, with an east coast upbringing, he has returned to serve the bay as an Americorps VISTA with the Hands on Tech program. While at Penn State he became heavily involved in the nonprofit sector through his work with Habitat for Humanity. He served as the president of the campus chapter of as well as served on the board of the local Greater Centre County affiliate concurrently. A love of people, technology, nonprofits and how they interact and influence each another is what keeps him motivated and looking forward to the year ahead.
Claire is a recent graduate of UC Irvine, with a dual degree in Behavioral Psychology and Dance. While in college, Claire gained a wide array of experience in the nonprofit sector. As the social market intern for the American Heart Association, Claire helped to plan and market for the annual Go Red For Women Luncheon. While interning for the Center For Living Peace, she updated social media pages for the center, and wrote copy for the monthly newsletter. Currently, Claire continues to serve the community by way of the HandsOn Tech program- a program which hosts free technology trainings and assistance to local NPOs.