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New Leaders Council


Viviane Nguyen, Sales & Business Development Representative, Oracle


Throughout her life, Viviane Nguyen has been driven by a passion to fight for issues impacting low-income communities. She leverages internships and fellowships for first-hand experiences to embrace her passion. Viviane worked as a Bank of America Student Leader at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), where she helped staff integrate technology into the curriculum for low-income middle school summer programs. This led her to wanting to contribute more to the local San Jose community, and Viviane began interning then eventually working part-time for Councilmember Kansen Chu, while still a student at De Anza College. This experience motivated Viviane to pursue her lifelong interest in politics and policy. In 2013, Viviane was selected into the Asian Pacific American Islander Congressional Studies (APAICS) Summer Internship Program to work for Congressman Mike Honda in Washington D.C. The following 2014 summer, Viviane was a recipient of the UC Berkeley’s Cal-in-Sacramento (CIS) Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious campus-based public service internship programs; as a CIS Fellow, she researched water and drought policies and impacts on urban versus rural areas in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. In 2015, Viviane was notably selected as a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow, where she received a fully funded public policy analysis summer training at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. She hopes to pursue a Master of Public Policy in the next two years. Viviane was also an AmeriCorps volunteer for JusticeCorps, where she committed 300 hours of service to help Contra Costa County low-income residents with the legal eviction process at Housing Law Clinics, run by the non-profit Bay Area Legal Aid. Meanwhile, she worked at the UC Berkeley Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) office as a program intern and started a semester mentoring program for low-income transfer bound students from De Anza College. A native of the Bay Area, Viviane Nguyen graduated from Piedmont Hills High School and Accel Middle College in 2012. She then attended De Anza and transferred in 2013 to UC Berkeley. Viviane will be graduating from Cal in December 2015, where she studied Political Science. During college, she also studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand at Thammasat University. She will be starting her job at Oracle as a Sales and Business Development Representative. Viviane is excited to join the NLC to learn how to advocate for under-resourced communities in Silicon Valley.

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Annie Adams, Intern, Office of the City Manager, City of Hayward


Annie Adams is in the final year of her graduate program in which she will attain a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San José State University in San José, California, with a focus in Children, Youth and Families. She will also attain a Pupil Personal Services Credential. She has over seven years of experience in working in non-profit, schools, management, advocacy and government. Her former positions as Volunteer Coordinator and Trainer at both the YWCA of Silicon Valley and the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico grew her passion for management, advocacy and community organization. Annie collaborated with the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault to develop and author a training curriculum for YWCA of Silicon Valley Volunteer Rape Crisis Counselors. Annie is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the International City/County Management Association and the American Civil Liberties Union. While attending graduate school, she has taken part in the NASW Lobby Days in Sacramento, California and will serve as a lead lobbyist in 2016. Currently, Annie serves as an intern with the City of Hayward, California in the Office of the City Manager. She is passionate about public policy, local government and civic engagement. Her primary interests are financial inequality, affordable housing and paid family leave.

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Craig Montuori, Executive Director, Global EIR Coalition


Craig Montuori is the Executive Director of Global EIR (Entrepreneur-In-Residence) Coalition, which solves visa problems faced by immigrant entrepreneurs. Currently, no visa specifically exists for startup founders, who struggle to simultaneously build their companies and grapple with our broken immigration system. Through Global EIR, Craig facilitates partnerships between universities and startup founders to provide mentors to college students considering entrepreneurship as a career path and generate work visas for the entrepreneurs to get back to the hard work of building great companies. He is personally passionate about using Global EIR Coalition to open up more technology careers for women and minorities underrepresented in the tech industry through growing their networks and providing them with the mentors they need to prepare themselves to succeed. He is also a partner with Venture Politics, which implements targeted solutions to policy problems affecting portfolio companies for leading VCs and startup accelerators. He previously founded and led PolitiHacks, a non-profit advocacy group for startup visa and other causes that contribute towards a stronger, more vibrant startup community. He also put PolitiHacks on hold for the 2012 election to help reelect President Obama through working as a Summer Organizing Fellow and FO in Virginia and considers himself a proud progressive. Through his work with the startup community, Craig has long been a champion of immigration reform legislation, and he has long sought to build an advocacy bridge between the startup community—separate and distinct from the community of big tech companies—and the policy world. He is also passionate about digital privacy and civil liberties, and he served in a community organizing capacity in mobilizing the San Francisco Bay Area startup community to oppose the SOPA/PIPA bills in 2012, as well as the CISA/CISPA bills. He also has consulted in support of efforts to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 and bring it up to date with modern technological developments. He sees himself with one foot in both the worlds of technology and policy and hopes to use that split identity to help both connect and enact changes to benefit the world. With degrees in aerospace engineering from Caltech and public affairs from the University of San Francisco, he offers a technical take on politics using the language of the startup community on hacking through the red tape of Washington DC and state and local governments.


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Paul Escobar, Senior Associate, Silicon Valley Leadership Group


Paul Escobar is the Senior Associate for the 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds initiative. As such, he manages the development and implementation of 1000 Hearts. In addition, he works on several other education-related Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation programs. Paul previously worked with the UC Student Association as the Director of Graduate and Professional Student Advocacy. He helped graduate and professional students articulate their goals and priorities to UC administration and faculty through their statewide Jobs! campaign. Prior to joining the Leadership Group, Paul worked on Mayor Sam Liccardo’s campaign for Mayor as the campaign Deputy Field Director. Paul is very active in the Silicon Valley community, volunteering with a variety of local organizations. He received a B.A. in French and Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and an MTS in Philosophy of Religion from Harvard Divinity School.

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Ashley Pangelinan, Teacher, San Jose Unified School District


Ashley Pangelinan is a third grade teacher at Allen at Steinbeck K-8 School in the San Jose Unified School District. The road for Ashley has been one riddled with challenges and joy. Growing up across the Bay Area and Northern California, Ashley attended over half a dozen elementary schools in three counties during her parents’ tumultuous divorce, falling greatly behind in her academics. She attributes this hardship to her passion for education and community since she was once restricted from attaining a stable learning environment as a child herself. Finally her family settled down to live in a multi-generational family house with her Nana, father, great uncle, uncle, cousin, and two brothers. She reminisces coming home to a house full of people and developing a strong sense of community. Ashley attended UCSB where she graduated with a Double Major in Asian American Studies and Global Studies, specializing in the Asian-Pacific Region. She spent six months studying abroad in India at the University of Delhi and another three months working as a Getty Multicultural Fellow in Los Angeles at the community organization Visual Communications. Upon graduation, Ashley received honors in Asian American Studies, presenting her senior thesis to the 2010 Asian American Studies Consortium Conference in Austin, Texas. Ashley recently earned her Masters in Urban Education with a focus on Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Her work centered around Volunteerism in the Classroom. After college, Ashley went on to serve her community with the educational non-profit organization, City Year. Her time at City Year was spent tutoring and mentoring students on the East Side of San Jose. After serving at City Year San Jose for two years, she went onto teaching with Teach For America. Ashley still remains engaged with the Teach For America community, volunteering on the Bay Area Development and Recruitment Team. As a full time teacher, Ashley integrates activities to promote culture and community into her classroom. She works to develop a strong sense of community, stability, and pride in her students in efforts with their parents and families. When Ashley is not working in the classroom, she can be found volunteering for a number of organizations including Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley. She is an active board member for the City Year San Jose Alumni Board. Ashley also enjoys flying kites, cooking, swimming and spending time with family and friends.


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