Thea Nilsson

civic engagement manager

Thea Nilsson
Meet Thea

A Silicon Valley native, Thea was raised amidst a rapidly growing tech scene that informed her career path. Today, she leverages the incredible successes and resources of technology companies to address societal issues that persist in the Bay Area, including income inequality, educational inequality, and the need for skilled workforce development. Thea is an active member of Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy organization of professionals who lend their time, talent and resources to accelerate local change. She is a graduate of Foothill College and the University of California, Davis.

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Thanks[for]Giving

November 29, 2016 Thea Nilsson Leave a comment

A month that conjures images of pumpkins, costumes, and candy has now also become synonymous with community engagement here at Microsoft. October isn’t just for pumpkins anymore. In fact, for 33 years Microsoft employees have organized an employee giving campaign to encourage all Microsofties in the US to donate time and funds to the causes […]

Catalyst Magazine: Celebrating Local Volunteerism

October 6, 2016 Thea Nilsson Leave a comment

Every few months, our team shares the diverse stories of non-profit organizations that ignite our local communities through powerful work. Catalyst magazine, now hosted online in addition to our print publication, features leaders, teams, and technologies that make our world a better place. This month marks the 33rd annual employee giving campaign here at Microsoft. […]

Inaugural Bay Area Women’s Summit

This week, San Francisco and Oakland Mayors Ed Lee and Libby Schaaf hosted the inaugural Bay Area Women’s Summit in San Francisco. Microsoft is proud to have sponsored this important event, which brought together women and men from across the region to learn from each other and pledge to take action on topics critical to […]

‘The Mix’ Opens at the San Francisco Public Library

On June 18th over 200 members of the San Francisco community gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the city’s newest and coolest space. The Mix at SFPL is a 4,770 square foot digital literacy lab for youth ages 13-18, housed within the Main Library. It was designed by the San Francisco Public Library’s Board of […]

#Hack4Congress SF – a Hackathon “not-just-for-technologists”

Lobby with Friends was the ‘Modernizing Congressional Participation’ Challenge runner-up (photo credit: Wendy Maclaurin Richardson) When the doors opened at 8:30 on Saturday morning, Code for America’s headquarters quickly filled with designers, technologists, and policy wonks who had a few things in common: 1) an urgent need for caffeine; and 2) a desire to fix Congress. There […]

Postcard From India – Part 2

From Mumbai I then traveled to Delhi, India’s capital city. It was there that I met with Prukalpa Sankar and Varun Banka, co-founders of SocialCops, a civic tech startup that harnesses citizen voice to solve local problems. I first read about SocialCops in a FastCompany article last year and I was excited for the opportunity to sit down […]

Postcard From India – Part 1

Greetings from incredible India! I never thought I’d make it here and now I can’t imagine not having visited this country that is so full – full of delicious spicy foods, architecture rich with history, and myriad NGOs and companies that are the definition of social innovation. I began my trip in Mumbai. A bustling […]

Computer Science Education Week Success!

December 16, 2014 Thea Nilsson Leave a comment

Last week Microsoft celebrated Computer Science Education Week with a number of activities across the country. In the Bay Area, employees visited local schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Microsoft Stores to teach introductory computer programming as part of the Hour of Code movement. We reached 300 local students in just five days, and hopefully […]

One room, ten speakers, 100 innovators. Our night with Full Circle Fund

November 20, 2014 Thea Nilsson Leave a comment

Tuesday night Microsoft was honored to host its inaugural Innovation Forum in partnership with Full Circle Fund, featuring speakers who are leading the way in 21st century capacity-building, education reform, research, education and civic engagement. The Forum provided an opportunity for regional leaders from as far as Oakland and Santa Cruz to convene around a […]