formerly known as the Santa Clara County Democratic Club (SCCDC)
About The Club
Established in 1981, Silicon Valley Democratic Club (SVDC) is a progressive organization dedicated to informing voters, encouraging citizen involvement in the political process, and promoting Democratic Party values and candidates. We draw our membership from all over Santa Clara County and it includes many current and former elected officials.
We hold ten monthly General Meetings on the third Monday of the month from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, which are open to the public and typically feature a guest speaker. We also sponsor a summer event and a holiday dinner. See the list schedule below and visit our EVENTS page for more information about our next meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!
General Meetings (open to the public)
General Meetings are typically held on the 3rd Monday of each month with program from 7-8pm, and are open to the public.
Executive Board Meetings (open to club members only)
E-board meetings are typically held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7pm at Headen-Inman House in Santa Clara (1509 Warburton Ave), and are open to all current club members in good standing. Agenda's for Executive Board Meetings will be posted in the Board Meeting Events.
The SVDC Executive Board, elected by the membership annually at the November General Meeting for a one year term, includes Club Officers and Members at Large. The Executive Board meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7pm at the Headen-Inman House in Santa Clara and is open only to SVDC members. To contact an individual board member, simply click on their name in the listing below.
Jennie Hutchinson • President
Jennie Hutchinson earned her PhD in biomolecular engineering for her work developing novel HIV immunogens for vaccines. She is currently a Variant Scientist at Color Health, where she partners with the CDPH COVID-19 Equity Task Force to increase access to testing in Black and Brown communities. She is a co-founder of Enough Is Enough Voter Project, dedicated to holding elected officials accountable for actions that enable gender-based violence. Formerly, she led the field operations for the Recall of Judge Persky, was a Board Member of Women’s March Bay Area, and the lead organizer for Silicon Valley March for Science. She received the GEM award from the Democratic Activists for Women Now in 2017.
Frank Ponciano • Vice President of Outreach
Frank started his professional career after graduating from The CityCollege of New York, working for advertising agencies in New York and San Francisco. In San Jose, Frank transitioned to organizing undocumented families on the brink of homelessness. In 2017-18, Frank worked for Councilmember Rocha as a Policy Aide, also serving as campaign treasurer during his run for Santa Clara County Supervisor in 2018. Today Frank serves as the Advocacy Coordinator for Abode in Santa Clara County, organizing formerly homeless individuals locally.
Kristin Rivers • Vice President of Operations
Kristin Rivers, Ph.D. is an over 20-year non-charter public schoolteacher, lesbian mother of three. She earned nearly 34,000 votes running for East Side San José School Board, was honored with the DAWN GEM award, and founded Together We Will San Jose. She earned an MA in Organizational Management, a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a proud Emerge and Victory Institute alumna. Kristin also chairs the SVDC Elections Committee.
Kristen Lyn • TreasurerAlmost 20 years experience in professional accounting. More than 10 years of supervisory experience and budget development responsibility. Worked in Deloitte for 4 years and helped 4 IPO companies for years afterwards. Kristen is a Cupertino School Board Trustee, CUSD designated representative for SSC School Boards Association, Treasurer for Asian Pacific Islander School Board Members Association and CFO for Shin Shin Educational Foundation. Kristen is working to assist with club financial structure and planning.
Vinod Menon • Recording Secretary
Michele Dauber • Parliamentarian/At-Large Board Member
Barinder Ahluwalia • At-Large Board Member
Pete Dailey • At-Large Board Member
Pete retired to spend more time with his family and to pursue philanthropic and civic engagement. He is the Chairman of the Board for the Lassen Park Foundation, and serves on the Board for Mountain View Los Altos Girls Softball. Pete previously served on the Board for Los Altos Mountain View PONY baseball and has been volunteering as a coach in youth sports for many years. He has been involved in organizing and fundraising for several national campaigns and has also worked as the treasurer for a local campaign. Pete is a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for Los Altos. His political values reflect his upbringing by a single mom who was a leader in the Teachers’ Union, and his experience as an undergraduate at Berkeley.
Don Draper • At-Large Board Member
Don graduated from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics and earned a Masters in Engineering in Semiconductor Physics from Carleton University, Ottawa. Professional activities included being for several years on the Program Committee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). In addition, he was Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee for Microcomputers and Microprocessors (TCMM) for four years, Hot Chips General Chair in 2008, Steering Committee for the Hot Chips Conference, Steering Committee and co-General Chair of the Hot Interconnects Symposium for 2019. He is working to promote environmental protection and reducing income and wealth inequality. His current objectives are ranked-choice voting and making PG&E a publicly-owned utility.
Adia Hoag • At-Large Board Member
Jeffrey Levin • At-Large Board Member
Sousan Manteghi • At-Large Board Member
Sousan is a wife, a mother, an activist , and an American by choice. She holds the ideals to protect women’s rights, human rights, the secular state, and cultural pluralism. She supports a woman’s right to choose and access to contraception as the right of women everywhere to take control of their own reproductive future. As a community activists, her experience includes CADEM- Delegate, SCCDP- Elected Delegate- Active Member, South County Dem. Club –SCDC Past President, BAIAD (Past President & current E-Board member), DAWN- member, AAUW- member, Tahirih Justice Center - Member, and Order of the Eastern Star- member. Life experiences have fortified her belief in social and economic justice.
Jeff Orloff • At-Large Board Member
Fred Rehhausser • At-Large Board Member
Alexia Worsham • At-Large Board Member
Marlene Zapata • At-Large Board Member
Rosie Zepeda • At-Large Board Member
Please join us in appreciation for the service of the following members of the board in 2019.
The SVDC Bylaws is the foundational document of the Silicon Valley Democratic Club--the rules and regulations enacted by our club to provide a framework for the operation and management of SVDC.
Policies & Procedures
The SVDC Policies & Procedures report is intended to document policies approved by the E-Board which do not modify the Bylaws and remain in effect until superseded by a more recent policy. This report is always a work in progress.