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 6:45-9pm, 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.
Please join us to thank all of these board members for their service to our club.
Jennie Hutchinson • President (2019 Vice-President)
Shalom Marquardt • Vice President (2019 At-Large Board Member)
Kristen Lyn • Treasurer
Vinod Menon • Recording Secretary
Michele Dauber • Parliamentarian/At-Large Board Member
✪ Barinder Ahluwalia • At-Large Board Member
William Barrett • At-Large Board Member
✪ Don Draper • At-Large Board Member
He was born in a small town in British Columbia, Canada in the Rocky Mountains north of the Montana border. He graduated from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics. After graduation, he worked in Ottawa, Canada for Bell Northern Research in semiconductor process development. While there, he earned a Masters in Engineering in Semiconductor Physics from Carleton University, Ottawa.
He was then transferred to Palo Alto, CA and later worked at American Microsystems. During this time, he volunteered to campaign for Jimmy Carter in his successful first campaign. Also during this time, he met and married his wife, Catherine, a dental hygienist. Shortly after being married, they moved to Germany where he worked for Siemens and Cathy worked as a dental hygienist. The original plan was to live there for just two years, but, 6 ½ years and two children later, they were still there, which was when they returned to California, living now in San Jose. They now have four sons and two grandchildren (so far).
During the following years, he worked leading chip design groups at AMD as a Fellow, Rambus and lastly at Oracle from where he retired in 2017. He then set up a consultancy, ProPrincipia International Associates.
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.
His interest in the Silicon Valley Democratic Club is to promote broad goals of environmental protection and reducing income and wealth inequality. As smaller steps in this direction he has met with a few like-minded members to discuss immediate objectives for endorsement such as all mail-in ballots which was approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. 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
Jeff Orloff • At-Large Board Member
Frank Ponciano • At-Large Board Member
Fred Rehhausser • At-Large Board Member
Kristin Rivers • 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.