REPRESENTING OUR MEMBERS TO POLICY MAKERS creates a voice for the tech community by advocating on behalf of members for key community issues and providing representation for the tech industry at important city policymaking conversations.

Recent representation and advocacy work includes: advocates for policies that benefit our members and the tech community across local and state-wide policymaking conversations, with a focus on current key issues facing the San Francisco community. Our recent work has included supporting the city’s new Commuter Shuttle Program to legalize and regulate commuter shuttle buses, where we submitted letters of support and organized members and supporters to attend key Board of Supervisors meetings. Targeting affordable housing issues, we also organized our members in support of proposed reform to the Ellis Act in Sacramento, where we provided letters of support from members and provided testimony before state legislators in favor of amending the law to protect more San Franciscans from eviction. currently participates in many working groups that advise on matters of policy and strategy, including the San Francisco Technology Council, the Mayor’s Housing Bond Working Group, the Vision Zero Task Force, the City Business Tax Advisory, and others.

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ENGAGING OUR MEMBERS partners with community organizations to respond to emerging needs in the San Francisco community and create opportunities for its members to engage in a meaningful way.

Our current program opportunities include:’s Circle the Schools initiative, in collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the San Francisco Education Fund, engages local companies to partner and adopt San Francisco public schools. These partnerships help ensure all students have the skills and resources they need to live, work, and thrive in San Francisco. In support of the SFUSD’s Vision 2025 plan, employees participate in volunteer activities designed to advance student skills in literacy at the elementary school level, STEAM in middle schools, and college and career readiness in high schools.

The Future Grads program is a partnership with the San Francisco Police Foundation and to enhance youth access to 21st-century work experience, by placing local high school students in paid summer internships at innovative San Francisco based tech companies. Now in its fourth year, 195 San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) high school students from all sixteen high schools have participated in the program since its inception in 2012. A component of Mayor Lee’s Summer Jobs+ Initiative, the program prepares students for future success, encourages them to graduate from high school, and pursue fulfilling careers.

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CONVENING FOR OUR CITY convenes our members companies, their employees, and our community partners through our One City Forum. Forum members educate, raise awareness, and focus on building a collaborative approach towards San Francisco’s greatest challenges. Comprised of eight volunteer members – four senior leadership representatives from the tech industry and four senior leadership representatives from the nonprofit industry, each belonging to a local company or nonprofit organization with a San Francisco presence. They meet regularly to plan Forum events and build partnerships between the tech industry and nonprofits in San Francisco. Members serve a minimum of one year in their role with an option to renew and there is no fundraising contribution required.

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