Activate Your Impact

A nonprofit policy webinar series
Stay tuned for AYI in March 2021!

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!


Recorded May 21, 2020
Keynote Speaker

Dale Ho, Director, 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.

Recorded May 21, 2020
Keynote Speaker
A panel moderated by Michele Lew, CEO of The Health Trust and featuring:
  • Dontae Lartigue, CEO/Founder, Razing the Bar
  • Ky Le, Director, Office of Supportive Housing, Santa Clara County
  • Jennifer Loving, CEO, Destination: Home
Sponsored by SV@Home & The Health Trust for Affordable Housing Month
Recorded June 4
Empowering the Community We Pledge to Serve​
A panel moderated by Maria Noel Fernandez, Deputy Executive Director, Working Partnerships, USA, and featuring:
  • Chad Bojorquez, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, 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
Recorded June 11
Policy Spotlight – The California Budget, Nonprofits, and Equity
A conversation with Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Recorded June 18
Seeking Equity in the COVID-19 World
Moderated by Jenny Niklaus, Chief Impact Officer, American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and featuring:
  • 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
  • Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director, Working Partnerships, USA