Silicon Valley Democratic Club (SVDC)

formerly known as the Santa Clara County Democratic Club (SCCDC)

  • SVDC October Forum & Club Endorsement - CA State Senate, Dist 13

SVDC October Forum & Club Endorsement - CA State Senate, Dist 13

  • Mon, October 21, 2019
  • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Campbell Community Center, 1 West Campbell Ave, Campbell


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Please join us for our October Candidate Forum & Club Endorsement Event: CA State Senate, Dist. 13
Monday, October 21 at 6:45pm - 9pm

FREE EVENT • RSVP Not Required  • Nosh & Sip Reception

You may register or renew your membership at any time to be able to vote on club endorsements. More info HERE.


Josh Becker  •  Sally Lieber  •  Shelly Masur  •  Annie Oliva  •  Mike Brownrigg*

*may send a representative

Moderated by Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez

Campbell Community Center
★★★ Roosevelt Room ★★★
One West Campbell Ave, Campbell (MAP)



Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez

Cindy Chavez serves as a Santa Clara County supervisor representing close to 400,000 residents in Downtown, East, and South San Jose. She is also the Vice President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Her public service career began in the 1990s as a policy analyst for health care, public health, human services and transportation for the Board of Supervisors. She served two terms on the San Jose City Council, where she was also Vice Mayor, and also served on the board leadership of public agencies such as the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, and executive director of Working Partnerships USA and the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council. She is a graduate of San Jose State University, is married and has a son in high school.

Career as Santa Clara County Supervisor

As a supervisor, Chavez chairs the Board’s Children, Families and Seniors Committee and serves on the Finance and Government Operations Committee. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the $400 million Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and is a member of the CalTrain Board of Directors and will play a leadership role in the electrification of CalTrain and high speed rail. She is also a Director of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Chavez has led efforts to create jail diversion programs for mentally ill offenders and the homeless including sobering stations, crisis stabilization beds and mobile crisis teams. She was the architect of Santa Clara County's successful $950-million dollar housing bond in the November 2016 election that will be instrumental in getting housing built for the mentally ill and homeless. Similarly, Chavez worked to develop a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, a large percentage whom were kicked out of their homes. In 2017, Chavez joined the County in filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration - Trump vs Santa Clara County - when the administration threatened to withhold federal funds affecting hospitals, social services and thousands of children, Seniors and the disabled. The Trump Administration targeted Santa Clara County for its "sanctuary city" status. A federal judge ruled in Santa Clara County’s favor. Under Chavez's leadership, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved bail reforms for low-level and non-violent offenders making Santa Clara County the first in the state of California to take action. The reforms are designed to reduce the number of people in jail and prompted the California legislature to take action. Chavez worked to streamline and improve Santa Clara County’s foster care system to include schools and improve the youth system merging child welfare with juvenile justice. Under Chavez's leadership, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved $6 million to built a new resource center for foster youth (The Hub) to provide resources so they complete their education, apply to and get into college and get jobs and basic services. She also is taking action against human trafficking with the Santa Clara County Human Trafficking Commission she founded and co-chairs with the Santa Clara County Sheriff and District Attorney.



Josh Becker is a public interest entrepreneur working at the nexus of community activism, technology, and social justice. Josh is a 20-year resident of Menlo Park, where he lives with his wife Jonna and their two children, Sophie and Aaron.

In 2000, Josh created the Full Circle Fund (FCF). FCF is a community leadership and policy innovation organization that funds non-profits creating positive change in the Bay Area and building civic leaders for the future. Josh has been the driving force for FCF, which has supported policy innovations and community organizations in economic opportunity, education, environmental sustainability, and health.

Josh has served for five years on the California State Workforce Development Board (appointed by Governor Jerry Brown) and serves on the Child Care Partnership Council in San Mateo County. He is a Founding Trustee at the University of California Merced.

Josh is a champion of affordable healthcare. He believes we can get California’s average life expectancy to 90 by 2030 (California is at 80). After his Father died of brain cancer, Josh set about to fight this deadly disease. He helped start a biotech company researching cancer cures.

Josh has been a leader in pushing businesses to create social good. Uniting entrepreneurial expertise with a passion for social change, Josh co-founded New Cycle Capital, a pioneer in building socially responsible businesses. In 2011, Josh joined Lex Machina, where the mission is bringing openness and transparency to the law. As CEO, he grew the company from a Stanford University public interest project into a nationally recognized platform. Most recently he founded a legal tech accelerator to support entrepreneurs who want to innovate in our legal and public policy system.

Josh earned a joint MBA and Law Degree from Stanford University in 1999. While a student, Josh co- founded the Stanford Board Fellows program, which trains students to serve on the boards of local non-profits, engaging them in social progress at the beginning of their careers, rather than the end. So far, almost 1,000 MBAs have been trained by the Board Fellows program and it has been used as a model by hundreds of other schools across the country serving more than 1,000 non-profit organizations a year.

Josh grew up in suburban Philadelphia. His father was a law professor and his mother was a social worker and biology teacher. Both were active in their local communities and instilled in Josh a desire to help and serve.


Sally Lieber is a candidate for the State Senate and a proven leader with the vision and courage to take on the tough issues affecting our community, and is effective in getting real results.

Fighting for Economic Equality

During her tenure in the California State Assembly, Sally Lieber achieved major victories that increased educational and economic opportunities. Sally authored or co-authored laws that:

  • Increased California’s minimum wage;
  • Expanded Cal Grants for college students; and
  • Increased supportive housing and housing for low income households.

Protecting the Environment

Sally Lieber has been an environmental champion for decades. In the Assembly, Sally was a leader in passing forward-thinking laws that:

  • Created the Ocean Protection Council;
  • Established the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority to address sea level rise;
  • Removed 10+ tons of cancer-causing particulate matter from our air each day;
  • Secured funding for energy efficient ‘green’ schools throughout California.

Protecting Victims and Survivors of Crime

Sally Lieber achieved major victories in the California State Assembly, that protected victims and survivors of crime, by authoring or co-authoring laws that:

  • Made human trafficking a felony in California (first state in the nation to do so);
  • Established the Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights;
  • Expanded the California Assault Weapons Ban;
  • Extended courtroom protections for the developmentally disabled and cognitively impaired victims of crime; and
  • Banned the use of the ‘panic defense’ in hate crimes cases.

Understanding Local Priorities

Sally Lieber began her career in public service on the Mountain View City Council, where she also served as Mayor. During her tenure as a local elected official, Sally:

  • Implemented local tobacco control legislation;
  • Created green energy initiatives; and
  • Recruited many of California’s most successful businesses.

Advocating with Purpose

Sally continues to work tirelessly, serving our communities. Her volunteer work includes:

  • Helping youth and adult offenders receive access to educational opportunities;
  • Serving as part of a coalition to stop wage theft throughout the Bay Area;
  • Securing permanent funding for successful teen pregnancy prevention; and
  • Leading local gun violence reduction measures; and
  • Working to provide humanitarian aid, helping with emergency response and taking care of the needs of children and families fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.


Redwood City Councilmember Shelly Masur has been a leader in women’s health and education for over 20 years. Inspired to get her Masters in Public Health as the result of her organizing to protect women’s access to health care and abortion services, Shelly has led youth-serving non-profits, and held women’s health and education-related leadership roles. She is the former CEO of Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, a statewide education non-profit working on policy implementation.

Shelly was elected to the Redwood City Council in 2015. She serves on the Council's Communications, Finance & Audit, and Charter Committees as well as on Redwood City 2020, a public private collaborative focused on health, children and youth. Shelly is currently the Treasurer of the Board of the Peninsula Division of California League of Cities and was appointed to the League's Community Services and Governance, Transparency and Labor Relations Policy Committees. She also represents the City of Redwood City on several regional committees and advisory boards, including the Legislative and Congestion Management & Environmental Quality Committees of the City County Association of Governments. Shelly’s accomplishments on the City Council include spearheading efforts to raise the minimum wage, increase childcare facilities, and community outreach on affordable housing with the County’s Home for All Initiative.

As a new parent in Redwood City School District, Shelly was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Redwood City School Board where she was elected 3 times and served for 10 years, including two terms as Board President. During her tenure she was twice chosen by her colleagues across the county as President of the San Mateo County School Boards Association. She served as an elected delegate for the California School Boards Association, and on the Education Advisory Committees for Assembly members Rich Gordon and Kevin Mullin. Shelly was voted as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in 2013 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for her work in education. She has lived in Redwood City for 13 years with her husband and three children.


Annie was born and raised on the Peninsula and lives in Millbrae. She’s spent her life helping our neighbors realize their dreams of home ownership as a realtor and since 2013 as a member of the Millbrae City Council.

On the council, Annie has championed smart development including residential apartments that provide access to affordable housing, housing for veterans and mixed-use spaces that help power our local economy. As a councilmember, Annie serves on several regional committees including the Peninsula Congestion Relief Alliance Board.

In San Bruno, Annie created the first time home buyers alliance and has helped more than 700 people become homeowners for the first time. She is a volunteer for important organizations like RSVP, a program that helps seniors maintain their homes.

Annie is an accomplished business owner and carries on the legacy of her father, Bob Marshall, Sr. who founded Marshall Realty in 1959.

She and Jose, her husband of 36 years, are devoted parents and she’s going to fight for us in Sacramento the same way she’s fought for her three kids – by giving it her all.


Mike was born and raised in the district, so he has seen the Peninsula evolve and knows what makes it special. He grew up in Los Altos Hills and attended Fremont Hills Elementary, Terman Middle School and Gunn High School. Mike’s grandfather was a business pioneer whose California-headquartered company employed thousands of Californians and helped families achieve retirement security.

In Mike’s senior year in high school, his grandfather fell ill. Mike moved in with his ailing Grandfather so he could age in place, and Mike helped care for him until the day he died. From then on, Mike knew he wanted to live a life that makes a difference in people’s lives. And he has.

In 1990, Mike married Marty, a pediatrician, planted roots in Burlingame and together they are raising four children. Mike is a coach and community leader who is getting results for all.

After graduating from college with degrees in Economics and German, Mike worked as a Democratic congressional aide for U.S. Rep. Howard Berman. He joined the Foreign Service and worked as a diplomat in the Clinton administration and two others. He served our country in Syria and Hong Kong and helped negotiate international agreements in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Mike left the Foreign Service to pursue a career in investment. Most recently Mike co-founded Total Impact Capital (TIC), which he has helped run since 2010. TIC presents investors with investment opportunities that are going to make communities around the world better—mainly in health care, clean water or environment—and earn financial returns for the investors.

In 2001, Mike was appointed to the Burlingame City Planning Commission, renewing his love for public service. After eight years, neighbors and friends asked him to run for City Council, which he successfully did in 2009.

Mike has an unmatched, three-decade record of public service, that spans international, federal and local experience. He’s negotiated foreign treaties and trade agreements, and served two terms as mayor and nearly a decade on his city council. Over 30 years, Mike has built a track record of giving back and bringing people together to solve tough problems and make lives better.

In early 2018, Mike co-founded Middle Bridge Capital, a fund aimed at buying enterprises from retiring founders and training employees to manage, purchase and become wholly employee owned companies. Mike is currently on leave from Middle Bridge, but remains an advisor to his partners.

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