Activate Your Impact

A nonprofit policy webinar series

It's a new world out there, but for nonprofits and the communities we serve, the same challenges remain. In fact, they've only become more pronounced in the wake of COVID-19 and the shelter in place order. That's why SVCN's Activate Your Impact Policy Summit is even more important, and you have a critical part to play a part in it.

Activate Your Impact is the Silicon Valley nonprofit policy conference you've been waiting for. We've taken our popular annual summit focused on health and housing and pumped it up to include new topics, new research, new strategies, and new insights. 

Designed for those who challenge the status quo, #AYI20 will equip nonprofit advocates in your work to fight for equity and thriving communities. By joining us, you will immerse yourself in an environment of innovation that brings change agents together to learn and collaborate towards amplifying our collective voice.

Of course, we'd love to get together with all of you in one big room to further build tour nonprofit alliance. But since that can't happen for a while, it's critical that we come together now to plan the course ahead.

That's why we're offering the summit as a five-part series of webinars at lunchtime on Thursdays, beginning May 21 with our keynote speaker Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project, and the attorney who led the argument against the Census citizenship question in a landmark Supreme Court case.

You'll also have a chance to hear from — and have a dialogue with — nonprofit leaders and our partners in our panel series:

  • Housing is Good Medicine

  • Empowering the Community We Pledge to Serve

  • Seeking Equity in the COVID-19 World


And rounding out the docket, we'll do a deep dive on nonprofits and equity in the California budget with Kathleen Kelly Janus from the Governor’s Office of Social Innovation.

Can't make it to all 5 sessions? No problem! We're offering the whole series as a package deal or a la carte. (Registration info and links coming soon.)

We hope you'll join us as we take SVCN's learning and policy work into the next phase of the new normal!


SVCN Members (FY 2019-20)
  • $30 per session

  • $125 complete series ($25/session)

  • $35 per session

  • $150 complete series ($30/session)


All events on Thursdays @ Noon
Additional speakers TBA

May 21, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Keynote Presentation: Dale Ho

Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Voting Rights Project

Dale successfully argued against the Census citizenship question before the U.S. Supreme Court and will speak about his work in voter protection. He aims to spread a message of increased voting rights through systems reform,

encouraging states to implement modern, equitable practices that make voting simple and accessible for all. A documentary on the Census litigation is headed to the Sundance Film Festival!

May 28, 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Housing is Good Medicine

Co-sponsored by SV@Home

Moderated by Michele Lew, CEO, The Health Trust


  • Dontae Lartigue, CEO/Founder, Razing the Bar

  • Ky Le, Director, Office of Supportive Housing, Santa Clara County

  • Jennifer Loving, CEO, Destination: Home

June 4, 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Empowering the Community We Pledge to Serve


  • Chad Bojorquez, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives & Lived Experience Advisory Board, Destination: Home

  • Julia Cuevas, Youth Advisory Council Manager, FLY Fresh Lifelines for Youth

  • Matt King, Organizing Director, Sacred Heart Community Service

  • Amelia Post, Leadership Program Manager & Promotores Program, SOMOS Mayfair

June 11, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Policy Spotlight – The California Budget, Nonprofits, and Equity

A conversation with Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

June 18, 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Seeking Equity in the COVID-19 World 

Moderated by Jenny Niklaus, Chief Impact Officer, American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley


  • Alison Brunner, CEO, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

  • Poncho Guevara, Executive Director, Sacred Heart Community Service

  • Zulma Maciel, Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of San José

  • Jessica Vollmer, Organizing Director & COVID-19 Assistance Navigation, Working Partnerships