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

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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.


  • 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


  • 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.

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  • The Honorable AssemblymemberEvan Low (AD-28)

  • Guisselle Nuñez - Award-Winning Marketing & Comms Professional, Speaker, Instructor, Personal Branding Evangelist & Author

  • The Honorable Sam Liccardo - 65th Mayor, City of San Jose

  • Eric Jaye - CEO, Storefront Political Media

  • The Honorable Stacey Brown - Trustee, Campbell Union High School District Board 

  • Matt Hammer - Founder & CEO, Innovate Public Schools

  • The Honorable José Magaña - Board Member, Trustee Area #2 , San Jose Unified School District

  • Anil Babbar - Vice President of Public Affairs, California Apartment Association

  • Gustavo Gonzalez - President, Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS

  • Shawn Milligan - Principal, KT Urban

  • Michael Lane - Deputy Director, SV@Home

All those interested in the joining the Class of 2020, please fill out the form below. You will receive a response within 48 hours.

Name *