Speaker Date Topic
Carl Guardino Apr 25, 2018
Silicon Valley Competiveness Progress Report
Silicon Valley Competiveness Progress Report

We are pleased to have Carl Guardino return as our speaker on this critical issue. Carl, the CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, is nationally known as a spokesperson for some of the major technology companies in our Valley and a leader in dealing with the issues facing all who work and live in Silicon Valley.

Nan Su May 02, 2018
Wisdom and Humanity from Ancient Chinese Culture
Wisdom and Humanity from Ancient Chinese Culture

Born and raised in China, Mr. Nan Su came to the U.S. in 1989.  Mr. Su has been serving as a news commentator for SOH International Chinese Radio Network and NTD International TV network since 2003, and has made many speeches at public events in the past decade on China-related topics.

In addition to his media work, Mr. Su has also been an activist for China’s human rights. He was one of the coordinators of Human Rights Torch Relay in 2008 prior to Beijing Olympics Game. Starting from Athens, Human Rights Torch Relay spanned from July 2007 to July 2008, with stops at more than 140 cities around the world in order to raise international awareness of China’s human rights situation.  Mr. Su was instrumental in making San Jose as the first stop of the torch relay in North America.

Besides his involvement in the public, Mr. Su holds a Master degree in Engineering, and has been a professional engineer for over 28 years. Mr. Su has been married for 28 years, and currently lives with his wife and two daughters in San Jose, California.

Mark Jacobsen May 09, 2018
Update on Renewable Energy
Martha Kanter May 16, 2018
Building Community Pathways to the College Promise
Building Community Pathways to the College Promise

 

Dr. Martha Kanter leads the College Promise Campaign, designed to increase college access, affordability, and completion in America’s community colleges and universities. She is also a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. She specializes in policy efforts to implement evidence-based interventions, financing models, and behavioral incentives to raise America’s high school and college graduation rates. From 2009-2013, Dr. Kanter served President Obama as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education, overseeing all federal postsecondary statutory, regulatory, and administrative policies and programs for the U.S. Department of Education. She lead the successful implementation of the Direct Student Loan program, resulting in a 50-percent increase in college enrollment for Pell grant recipients, growing from 6 to more than 9 million students. From 1993-2009, she was president and chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Her education career began teaching economically disadvantaged students in a church basement.

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Annual Chili Cookoff May 23, 2018
JoAnn Leonard/Steve Onishi May 30, 2018
Cupertino Rotary Vocational Services
Cupertino Rotary Vocational Services
Erin Cooke Jun 06, 2018
Environmental Sustainability
Environmental Sustainability

Erin Cooke, Sustainability Director, San Francisco International Airport

Erin Cooke’s full professional career, expanding nearly two decades, has focused on assessing how climate risks affect varied businesses, nonprofits and the publics they serve while building pathways to cut carbon and achieve resilient outcomes.  Currently, Erin serves as San Francisco International Airport's (SFO) first Sustainability Director, where she brokers sustainability and net zero investments across capital projects and develops and implements the Airport's Strategic, Sustainability and Climate Action Plans, including aligned annual reporting. Erin previously served the City of Cupertino as its first Sustainability Manager and, next, first Assistant to the City Manager working to oversee a portfolio of energy, water, and materials programs earmarked in the City’s first Climate Action Plan, including the launch of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Safe Routes to School Program, Green Business Program, Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Project, Green Fleet Replacement Program, Silicon Valley 2.0 Climate Adaptation & Resilience Plan, Community Sustainability Committee, and more. Erin has also supported the diverse environmental-focused initiatives through her employment with the Conservation Law Foundation, Goddard Institute of Space Studies, National Park Service, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, The Nature Conservancy and The Canyon's Ski Resort. Erin is a LEED AP and earned a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Erin is proud mama of two under four, a semi-tiny house remodeler/gardener, bike/train commuter, community organizer, and the narrator of kids storytelling App, Toontastic

John Zirelli Jun 13, 2018
End of Year Awards
End of Year Awards
Joe Simitian Jun 20, 2018
Understanding the 2016 Election
Understanding the 2016 Election

Joe Simitian was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2012. He represents the Fifth District, which includes Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Stanford, and portions of Sunnyvale and San Jose. 

Joe Simitian was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2012. He represents the Fifth District, which includes Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Stanford, and portions of Sunnyvale and San Jose. 

Public service over the years includes stints as a member of the California State Senate, the California State Assembly, Mayor of Palo Alto, President of the Palo Alto School Board, as well as an earlier term on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He served as an election observer/supervisor in El Salvador and Bosnia, and participated in refugee relief and resettlement efforts in Albania and Kosovo. 

On the Board of Supervisors, Joe serves as Chair of the Finance and Government Operations Committee and Vice Chair of the Health and Hospitals Committee.

 

Cupertino Rotary Jul 11, 2018
John Zirelli Kick Out/Helene Davis Kick In