The Silicon Valley Organization is proud to announce that former San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen will join The SVO team as the new Executive Vice President, starting January 15.

“We are excited to have Madison join our team, ” said Matt Mahood, The SVO President & CEO. “This is a big job, particularly in an election year, and we needed to find a strong candidate who could hit the ground running and make an immediate impact. We strongly believe that Madison is that person.”

The EVP role is instrumental in supporting all of The SVO‚Äôs activities, specifically driving the organization‚Äôs public policy, advocacy, political action, economic and community development strategies and tactics. 

“I have been an avid supporter of The SVO throughout my decade-long career in politics and I strongly believe that The SVO plays a crucial role in championing our region’s success,” said Madison Nguyen. “I’m thrilled that the next logical step to continue my path of service and contribute to the vitality of Silicon Valley's economic growth is by becoming a member of The SVO team.”

Madison most recently served as the Executive Director of Hunger at Home, a nonprofit corporation that serves as a conduit between the nonprofit partners and the business community by providing food and surplus for the homeless and the hungry in Silicon Valley.

She was born in Vietnam and escaped with her family in a fishing boat when she was just four years old. Madison lived in various refugee camps in the Philippines before immigrating to America. As a teenager she worked alongside her parents in the fields of the Central Valley to help support her family and later obtained both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and the University of Chicago. She published her first book, “Vietnam to America: My Journey of Dreams” in 2012.

Madison became a civic leader at the grassroots level, working to register voters and increase voter participation. She ran for, and won, a seat on the Franklin-McKinley Board of Education in 2002 while she taught sociology at De Anza College. 

In 2005, Madison was elected to the San Jose City Council where she worked to create more economic opportunities and good-paying jobs, improve transportation, strengthen public safety and promote the development of affordable housing. Madison served on the San Jose City Council from 2005 to 2014 including four years as Vice Mayor. 

Madison replaces Derrick Seaver, who took on the role of Director of Policy and Operations at the San Jose Downtown Association.

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