Candidate Cultivation Academy
Pathway to Political Leadership
Preparing future leaders with the knowledge, resources and
network they need to be successful in their pursuit of public
office or public policy
The SVO Candidate Cultivation Academy (CCA) is a comprehensive, six-month training program for people who are interested in running for public office or engage deeply in public policy.
The SVO CCA is non-partisan and works in concert with The SVO's efforts to make Silicon Valley the best place to live, work, play, and run a business in by identifying and fostering the development of future candidates who are interested in helping to shape the future of San Jose and Silicon Valley.
EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Attend all six sessions in order to qualify for The SVO Candidate Academy Certificate
Complete all the assignments
Ask questions and reach out for help you need additional resources
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Anyone who has an interest in pursuing political office or gain a better understanding of public policy such as economic development, housing, transportation, environment, education, public safety, to name a few.
Ability and desire to build effective network
Commitment to full participation and attendance requirements of the training
If you are interested in being a part of the 2020 class, please fill the form out at the bottom of the page.
CURRENT LIST OF 2019 GUEST SPEAKERS
Mayor Sam Liccardo - City of San Jose
Assemblymember Evan Low, District 28
Stacey Brown - Trustee, Campbell Union High School District
José Magaña - Board Member, Trustee Area #2 , San Jose Unified School District
Guisselle Nuñez - Award-Winning Marketing & Comms Professional, Speaker, Instructor, Personal Branding Evangelist & Author
Eric Jaye - CEO, Storefront Political Media
Robert “Bobby” Glover, Executive Officer, Building Industry Association of the Bay Area (BIA)
Matt Hammer - Founder & CEO, Innovate Public Schools
Anil Babbar - Vice President of Public Affairs, California Apartment Association
Shawn Milligan - Principal, KT Urban
Gustavo Gonzalez - President, Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS
Michael Lane - Deputy Director, SV@Home
Jessica Zenk, Deputy Director of Transportation, City of San Jose
Matthew Quevedo, Director of Transportation and Community Engagement, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
All those interested in the joining the Class of 2020, please fill out the form below. You will receive a response within 48 hours.