SVCF Names New Chief Community Impact Officer

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New Vice President and Special Advisor Roles Also Announced

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Silicon Valley Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Erica K. Wood has been named its Chief Community Impact Officer.

In her new role, Wood will oversee all of SVCF’s community initiatives, grantmaking strategies, convening and research efforts. Prior to her promotion to chief of SVCF’s Community Impact Division (formerly known as the Giving Division), she served both as senior vice president and vice president of community leadership and grantmaking at SVCF. She joined Peninsula Community Foundation – which in 2007 merged with Community Foundation Silicon Valley to form SVCF – in 2003, serving as executive director of the Peninsula Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. Before joining the foundation, Wood was director of research and evaluation at Applied Survey Research, a nonprofit social research firm in Santa Cruz County.

In addition, Manuel Santamaría has been named Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Grantmaking. He will oversee several initiatives that address critical community issues and will advance SVCF’s grantmaking strategies and operations to achieve greater innovation and impact in the future. Santamaría, who joined parent organization Peninsula Community Foundation in 1999, has played many roles at SVCF, including program officer in early learning and grantmaking director.

Eleanor Clement Glass, who since the inception of SVCF has served as chief of the division incorporating SVCF’s community leadership and grantmaking functions, has been named Special Advisor to the President for Public Policy Initiatives. Clement Glass will lead SVCF’s long-term advocacy efforts around immigration issues and payday lending, among other topics. She will also represent SVCF and CEO Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., in President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative which launched in February. The initiative has been established to address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color.  

“Silicon Valley Community Foundation is thankful to have these longtime staff members moving into these roles,” Carson said. “This continuity of ideas and leadership will keep us moving forward to address our communities’ most pressing problems.”

To read more about SVCF staff, click here, and for more information about community leadership and grantmaking, visit siliconvalleycf.org.

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About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging problems, and our donors award more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has more than $4.7 billion in assets under management. As Silicon Valley’s center of philanthropy, we provide thousands of individuals, families and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Find out more at www.siliconvalleycf.org.

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