Timothy P. Silard, Rosenberg Foundation

TITLE: President

FOCUS AREAS: Justice and Public Safety, Immigrant Rights and Integration, Civil Rights and Civic Participation 

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PROFILE: Timothy P. Silard has been the Rosenberg Foundation’s president since late 2008. He leads a four-member staff team and has been deeply involved in the American legal system and field of criminal justice. Silard’s bio on the Rosenberg Foundation website shares:

In October 2008, the Board of Directors of the Rosenberg Foundation appointed Timothy P. Silard as the Foundation’s fifth president. Since joining the Foundation, Mr. Silard has led the development of criminal justice reform as a core grantmaking focus. The foundation has partnered with a number of other funders to create a new affinity group focused on criminal justice reform, Funders for Safety and Justice in California. FSJC includes the Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, and others. Together with members of FSJC, the Rosenberg Foundation has helped spearhead Californians for Safety and Justice, a new campaign designed to replace the state’s overreliance on incarceration with common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods, help families thrive and save public dollars. In addition, the foundation has created a network of county-based reentry councils around the state, is supporting a new constituency-building initiative around children and youth exposed to violence, and launched an initiative to reduce the incarceration of women in California.

Under Mr. Silard’s leadership, the foundation also is resourcing innovative new solutions in the areas of immigrant rights and integration, immigrant workers rights and civic participation. New efforts in these areas include: dramatically increasing giving to advance immigration reform; building the organizing and leadership capacity of California’s DREAM movement, including the launch of California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, a new statewide association of organizations led by immigrant youth; seeding a new  agricultural product certification system that aims to mobilize retailers and consumers to improve working conditions for farmworkers while reducing food safety risks and pesticide use; and partnering with the California Civic Participation Funders Roundtable to build the progressive infrastructure in San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Mr. Silard joined the Rosenberg Foundation from the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, where he served as Chief of Policy, developing reforms in criminal justice, civil rights and immigrants' rights. Mr. Silard distinguished himself by launching the nation's first civil rights division in a local prosecutor's office, designing model reentry programs that have proven to sharply reduce recidivism, drafting and advocating for state and local legislation in the areas of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, expanding access to services for immigrants and low-income families and other public safety policy innovations. Mr. Silard also was a leader of San Francisco’s nationally replicated approach to addressing commercial sexual exploitation, which won the Ford Foundation’s Innovations in AmericannGovernment Award.

He previously was HOPE VI Director for the Corporation for National Service, where he served on the Community Enterprise Board and White House Urban Policy Working Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Silard served as a Skadden Fellow at the Income Rights Project and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.

Mr. Silard earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his law degree from Stanford Law School. He is recognized as an expert in racial justice, sentencing reform and urban policy, and as an advocate for children and youth. He has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Huffington Post, The Advocate and other publications.

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