TransForm(ing) the future of Silicon Valley

 |   Jessica Weare

One thing I’ve learned about Silicon Valley in the last couple of years is just how intertwined the region’s largest problems are.  Hate your commute?  Well, there’s almost certainly not enough housing built close to where you work. Frustrated by rising rents? The underlying causes include state-wide propositions as well as decisions about land use made at the city level.

That’s why the approach TransForm takes to its civic work is so crucial.  As a nonprofit that engages deeply with legislation, private building companies, and the public sector – while thinking holistically about transportation, housing, and land use —  TransForm is uniquely poised to navigate through the complications that affect the lives of Silicon Valley residents every day and push the region toward a brighter and more equitable future.  Here’s a short video about how and why they do their work:

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Jessica Weare

Since joining Microsoft in 2012, Jessica has driven Microsoft’s philanthropic work in Silicon Valley, including grant making and employee engagement. As Philanthropy and Civic Engagement Manager, she now focuses on civic engagement projects in San Jose and Santa Clara County. In 2014, Jessica worked closely with Silicon Valley Community Foundation to launch the region’s first-ever online day of giving, Silicon Valley Gives, which raised more than $8 million in 24 hours and benefitted over 650 non-profits in the Bay Area. Jessica joined Microsoft after completing her Ph.D. in literature at Stanford University.