Silicon Valley Democratic Club (SVDC)

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.

General Meetings

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!

2019 Meeting Schedules

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.

  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18
  • June TBA
  • July - TBA 
  • August TBA
  • September TBA
  • October TBA
  • November TBA
  • December - No General Meeting

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.

  • January 22
  • February 26
  • March 25
  • April 22
  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 22
  • August 26
  • September 23
  • October 28
  • November 18
  • December 16

The SVDC Executive Board

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.

Incoming 2020 Executive Board

Please join us to thank all of these board members for their service to our club.

 Indicates new members of the board.  

Jennie Hutchinson • President (2019 Vice-President)
Jennie Hutchinson is the current Vice President of SVDC, Chair of
the SVDC Women’s Caucus, Board Member of Women’s March Bay Area, Co-Lead of Silicon Valley CEDAW Task Force, and Co-Chair of Enough Is Enough Voter Project. She was the lead organizer in Silicon Valley March for Science and received the 2017 DAWN GEM award. Jennie is also a PhD candidate in biomolecular engineering.

Shalom Marquardt • Vice President (2019 At-Large Board Member)
Shalom Marquardt is an Environmental Geologist of 18 years. As SVDC Women’s Caucus Vice President, Shalom organized SVDCWomen’s Caucus events including “I Am Evidence” film screening and forums with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. She has served as Executive Board Director of Volunteers for the Santa Clara County Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers for 5 years. Shalom also held leadership roles on the Recall of Judge Persky and Enough is Enough Voter Project.

Kristen Lyn • Treasurer

Almost 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
Vinod is a Semiconductor Industry Executive, serving as the Executive Vice-President Engineering at SiTime Corporation. He volunteers every weekend, as an inspirational mentor to empower jobseekers and entrepreneurs.  He joined SVDC in December 2016, and has served as Board Member-At-Large since January 2018. He has walked precincts in Sunnyvale neighborhoods, for now Congressman Ro Khanna and has held various elected Student Government roles.

Michele Dauber • Parliamentarian/At-Large Board Member
Michele Dauber is currently an At-large member of the SVDC Executive Board. She is a constitutional scholar and Professor of Law at Stanford. She is also a prominent Democratic Party fundraiser, and chairs the SVDC Fundraising committee. She is a member of the SVDC Endorsement Committee and the SVDC Bylaws Task Force. Michele’s husband Ken is a member of the Palo Alto School Board.

✪ Barinder Ahluwalia • At-Large Board Member
Served for 8-years in the office of the 1st Indian President and the Prime Minister. Served at the US Embassy, New Delhi, India in the Anti-Terrorism; Security and Housing Offices. Served in the County of Santa Clara. Chief Stewart of Local 215 Roads and Airports Dept., Served as Commissioner Parks and Recreation Commissioner with the City of San Jose. Currently, a Commissioner in the SC County Roads Commission and, Chair, and its By-laws and Rules Committee. Walk and Campaign for Dem. Candidates representing my district for City, State and Federal Elections. I am on the Board of Director of the Norther California Cricket Association (NCCA) and also the Chair, of its Grounds Committee and member of Cricket Operations Committee.

William Barrett • At-Large Board Member
William Barrett earned a PhD in physics and mathematics, University of Utah. He is a member of technical staff, Bell Labs, Hewlett-Packard, Lasa Industries, Qcad Systems, and Applied Scanning Technology and lecturer of computer engineering at San Jose State University. After ably serving as treasurer of our club since January, 2016, he has recently retired from that position, but still shares his experience and expertise with the board.

 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
As a professional political organizer, Adia Hoag has worked for CTA, AFT Maryland, and worked as a Regional Campaign Director for both President Barack Obama and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. She has built coalitions, coordinated thousands of volunteers, facilitated voter contact and organizer trainings, created social media plans and managed grassroots campaigns. Adia received her BA degree from Smith College and Masters from Harvard GSE. 

Jeffrey Levin • At-Large Board Member
Jeffrey Levin has actively worked on issues supporting women, persons of color, underprivileged, the undocumented, the mentally ill, the disabled, abused children and elders, and LGBTQ persons.  Jeff officiated at over 150 marriage ceremonies when marriage equality became law in California.  He presently serves on the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury. Over ½ million people follow him on Twitter. Jeffrey currently serves as Communications Chair.

Jeff Orloff • At-Large Board Member
A long-time member of the Club, Jeff Orloff is a former teacher, school administrator and sales & marketing executive for Apple. Jeff worked on nearly every presidential campaign starting with Robert Kennedy and helped Anna Caballero of Salinas win a critically important CA State Senate seat. Jeff currently co-chairs the SVDC events committee and was a key member of the Transition Team.

Frank Ponciano • At-Large Board Member
Frank started his professional career after graduating from The City College 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. re information TBA

Fred Rehhausser • At-Large Board Member
Fred Rehhausser has been a member of the SVDC since 2012 and has served on the executive board since 2014. He has served as Endorsement chair and has been on the Program committee since 2014. He currently serves as co-editor of the club newsletter. Fred Rehhausser has over forty years of experience in the computer industry holding executive positions with industry leading computer companies.

Kristin Rivers • At-Large Board Member
Kristin Rivers, Ph.D. is an over 20-year non-charter public school teacher, 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.  

 Alexia Worsham • At-Large Board Member
Alexia Worsham was an analyst and program manager for Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System for over 15 years, and is now Deputy Director of NAMI-Santa Clara County, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is a life-long advocate for women, children, people with mental illness and other disabilities, and their family members and caregivers. She has volunteered with political campaigns, and has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations providing services to people with disabilities. Alexia was elected as Recording Secretary for the California Democratic Party Disabilities Caucus in 2019.

✪ Marlene Zapata • At-Large Board Member
Marlene Zapata has over 15 years of experience in government, politics, non-profits and philanthropy. Marlene was a legislative aide in the Florida House of Representatives, staff to former U.S. Senator Bob Graham and worked on two presidential campaigns. Marlene serves on the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and the Civic Engagement Leadership Group for the Power of Democracy initiative. Marlene also is a community advocate on the Children’s Agenda Network and volunteers with the Junior League of San Jose. She holds a Master of Public Administration and is an alumna of Emerge California.

✪ Rosie Zepeda • At-Large Board Member
Rosie Zepeda, is a human rights and social justice activist, working actively for corporate free elections, pay equity for women, immigrant rights and Medicare for all. She was an undocumented child until the age of 11 so she understands the fear, alienation and abuses these communities face every day. She is the product of East Side public schools and began her career as a public-school teacher. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the South Bay Progressive Alliance and the Chair of the San Jose District 9 Leadership Group. She is leading the Census 2020 effort at Catholic parishes throughout Santa Clara County serving Latinx and Vietnamese communities. She is trained as a researcher.

2019 Outgoing Executive Board Members

Please join us in appreciation for the service of the following members of the board in 2019.

  • Art Cohen
  • Linda Sell
  • Belinda Stow 
  • Catherine Williams
  • Edward Cobb
  • LezLi Logan


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.

  • Current version of the Silicon Valley Democratic Club is available HERE.

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.

  • Current Version of the SVDC Policies & Procedures report is available HERE (coming soon).
  • Silicon valley Democratic Club Facebook Group Guidelines and Rules of Engagement is available HERE

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