The Policy Council represents a cross-section of the nonprofit community and serves in a policy advisory capacity to SVCN's CEO and Policy Director.
CEO, Community Health Partnership (CHP)
Ms. Alvarado is an experienced healthcare executive, whose diverse career in health spans over 40 years, including working in a community health center, family planning clinic, county hospital, and university-affiliated adolescent clinic. Most recently, she served as Executive Manager in the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. In the course of her career, she has become known for her ability to bring stakeholders of diverse communities and perspectives to address the root causes of health issues, such as poverty and lack of education. Ms. Alvarado received a Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in Community Health from the University of California, Berkeley and a California Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco.
Executive Director, Kids in Common
Dana Bunnett joined Kids in Common (KIC) in January 2001. As the executive director of Kids in Common, she has overseen a variety of programs and initiatives all with the goal of improving outcomes for children. Dana coordinates and supports the Santa Clara County Children’s Agenda. The Santa Clara County Children's Agenda moves from data to action by focusing on outcomes for children. Created on the premise, "what gets measured gets done" the Children's Agenda provides a common vision for community leaders, governmental agencies, funders and community-based organizations to work across sectors to improve children's lives by focusing on improving measurable outcomes of child well-being.
CEO, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
Susan Frazer is the CEO of Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley (JFS SV) and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 35 years. Susan has brought her expertise of aging services to JFS SV, making the agency a leader in providing wrap-around services to older adults and caregivers throughout Santa Clara County. As one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the Western United States, JFS SV supports hundreds of refugees worldwide who are fleeing violent and dire circumstances. Supporting the unmet needs of Santa Clara County residents is paramount to Susan and she leads the agency to meet its mission through Jewish values: Welcome the Stranger, Repair the World, Treat Everyone with Respect and Dignity.
CEO, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Gregory Kepferle is CEO of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and has worked in the Catholic Charities network for over thirty-two years. Starting his career as Director of the Social Justice Resource Center of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, he became Director of Parish Social Ministry and Assistant Director. Prior to his work in San Jose he was Executive Director of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gregory is a member of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley and of Rotary International. Greg has a BA from Saint Louis University, an MA from Loyola - Chicago, and an MDiv from the Jesuit School of Theology.
Executive Director, Behavioral Health Contractors' Association
As the first Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Contractors’ Association (BHCA), Elisa Koff-Ginsborg leverages her national policy and local organizing experience, extensive professional training and deep passion to create a strong safety net to support people affected by mental illness and substance use so that they have the same opportunities to fully participate in life as others in our community. With more than 30 years of non-profit and government experience that encompass policy analysis, advocacy, organizing, nonprofit management and direct service as a social worker, Elisa works collaboratively with nonprofit and government leaders. Elisa has a BA from Syracuse University, an MA from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University and an MSW from Catholic University of America.
CEO, Project Safety Net
For over 25 years, Ms. Gloner embarked on a professional path that is committed to addressing the priorities of vulnerable populations and building community capacity. Primarily in the nonprofit and public sectors, Ms. Gloner’s career focused on community health education and promotion, research, health communication, policy, advocacy, training, and administration. Currently, she serves as Chief Executive Officer for Project Safety Net, a collective impact dedicated youth resiliency, mental health promotion, and suicide prevention. She is a first generation college graduate with a Bachelor in Combined Sciences from Santa Clara University along with advanced degrees in public health (MPH from San Jose State University) and business (MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business).
Sarita Kohli is the President & CEO of AACI, Asian Americans for Community Involvement. AACI is a community-based organization focused on providing culturally sensitive high-quality health and wellness services to underserved populations in Santa Clara County. Sarita is passionate about empowering marginalized individuals and communities, through increasing access to health and wellness services. Her work encompasses many such communities, including victims of domestic violence, individuals with mental illness, survivors of trauma, refugees and low-income immigrant populations. Sarita holds an MBA and is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Director of Policy and Communications, Destination: Home
David Low brings more than a decade of public policy and strategic communications experience to Destination: Home’s work to end homelessness in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Destination: Home, David served as a senior advisor and communications director to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, where he was intricately involved in the mayor’s efforts to combat Silicon Valley’s homelessness and affordable housing crises. He also spent a number of years working on the team of former Mayor Chuck Reed, as well as in the nonprofit sector, including as marketing and communications director for the YMCA of Silicon Valley and regional communications director for Breathe California. David grew up in Silicon Valley and is an alumnus of UCLA, where he earned a dual bachelor’s degree in political science and communication studies.
CEO, Community Solutions
Erin O’Brien has been the President & CEO of Community Solutions since 2003. She has devoted her career to meeting the growing and changing needs of South Santa Clara County and the surrounding communities. She is fiercely dedicated to ensuring that children, families, and individuals have the support and services they need to create positive changes in their lives. Erin is active in various county efforts that impact vulnerable and underserved populations. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Erin holds a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor's degree in Humanities from San Jose State University.
Chief Public Policy and Advocacy Officer, Pacific Clinics
Eva Terrazas currently works at Uplift Family Services where she serves as the Vice President of Public Policy and Special Initiatives. Her focus is in the fields of State and City legislative, government administration, and public policy advising. With her extensive experience in public policy and consulting she has excellent analytical, policy development, strategic thinking, and program management skills. Some of her passions include meaningful community involvement especially relating to sustainability, creating efficiency, ensuring quality programs, and maintaining rigorous administrative oversight. She has proven herself in several fields and positions and is dedicated in her service to the community.
Co-Executive Director, SOMOS Mayfair
Victor Duarte-Vasquez migrated to Oakland, CA at the age of 7 from Mexico. Victor is currently one of the Co-Director for SOMOS Mayfair and supports the Organizing and Transformational partnerships work. As part of SOMOS Mayfair and the Si Se Puede Collective, Victor is committed to building a movement that advocates for community decision making, alternative solutions and economic justice in Santa Clara County. Victor holds a master’s degree in Mexican American Studies with an emphasis in education from San Jose State University and a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley.
Executive Director, West Valley Community Services
Sujatha Venkatraman is currently the Executive Director for West Valley Community Services. Sujatha has been with WVCS for fifteen years and has focused on ensuring our mission-driven programs and services impact our community. She has demonstrated a commitment to addressing complex social issues and working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders throughout her career. She has led the development and implementation of various initiatives to reduce food insecurity and prevent homelessness in our community. Sujatha has over 25 years of non-profit experience in program and policy development, strategic planning, and curriculum development. Previously she worked as the Senior Family Development Specialist for the Little City Foundation and before that she was a Behavioral Specialist for the United Cerebal Palsy of Georgia/South Carolina. She has a Masters in Humanisitc Psychology from University of West Georgia, graduate of Leadership San Jose, MSW from Dehli School of Social Work.