Emmett Carson, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

TITLE: CEO and President

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, and the environment

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PROFILE: Emmett D. Carson, PhD, founded the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) in 2006, merging two of the largest community foundations in the world to do so. SVCF has $3 billion in assets, and Carson now oversees its work with donors and corporations while managing funds well. He continues to be the Bay Area's largest grantmaker—and the largest international grantmaker among community foundations in the United States.

His foundation bio shares: 

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation and led the unprecedented merger of the two community foundations that created it. In the process, he has pioneered a new, 21st century community foundation model in which individuals and corporations can pursue their philanthropic dreams in Silicon Valley, across the nation and around the world. This new approach to giving explains SVCF’s remarkable growth in assets under management from $1.7 billion in 2007 to over $13.5 billion by the end of 2017. It also accounts for the inspiring generosity of SVCF’s donors, who have provided $5.6 billion in philanthropic capital to nonprofit organizations since 2007.

Before SVCF, Emmett had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation and, prior to that, was the first leader of the Ford Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. An international thought leader in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, he has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice, public accountability and African American giving. He has been recognized by the Nonprofit Times as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the U.S. more times than any other person. Emmett is the recipient of honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College, Becker College and The National Hispanic University. He received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.

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Gina Dalma, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

TITLE: Special Advisor to the CEO and Vice President of Government Relations

FUNDING AREAS: Education

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PROFILE: Gina Dalma has long been active in Silicon Valley education grantmaking. Before joining Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) as program officer in 2008, she was director of innovation at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

In her role as special advisor to the CEO and vice president of government relations, Gina D. Dalma is responsible for leading SVCF’s ongoing lobbying efforts in Sacramento and its emerging efforts in Washington, D.C. SVCF’s California lobbying work is currently centered around education, affordable housing, immigration and economic security; in Washington, D.C., SVCF hopes to be a leading voice on topics that have the potential to advance the philanthropic sector.

Gina was pivotal in the passage of the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015, signed into law by Gov. Brown on Oct. 5, 2015, and sponsored by Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She serves as a member of the California Department of Education’s STEM Taskforce Advisory Committee, is a member of the National Common Core Funders Steering Committee and an Advisory Board Member of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.

Prior to her promotion to special advisor in 2015, Gina was SVCF’s director of grantmaking. In that role, she led the grantmaking team in using a diverse set of tools, including strategic investments, to solve our region’s most challenging problems. She also led SVCF’s education grantmaking strategy, as well as the Silicon Valley Common Core Initiative.

Prior to joining SVCF, Gina was director of innovation at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Before moving to the United States, Gina held several positions related to urban economic development and regulatory economics in the federal and state public sector in Mexico.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from ITAM in Mexico City, a Master of Science in economics from the University of London and a Master of Arts in international policy studies from Stanford University. She resides in Palo Alto with her husband and children. Gina's personal interests include art, yoga and traveling. Follow her on Twitter at @ginadalma.