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Civic Participation: Barriers & Opportunities

  • Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores, Shoreway Conference Room 350 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA, 94065 United States (map)

Civic Participation: Barriers & Opportunities

Peninsula Family Service (PFS), the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC), and Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County invite you to help us explore the barriers and opportunities for civic participation at all levels of our community as we head towards the US Census and the critical elections in 2020.

This program includes: a keynote speaker and panels of local leaders discussing the importance of civic participation, civic leadership and demographics of our communities, voting trends, non-traditional avenues of engagement, and building trust in our community. A working lunch with breakout groups to engage creative collaboration will follow.



Michelle Vilchez
Executive Director
Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC)



Mindy Romero
Founder and Director of California Civic Engagement Project
University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy


Closing speaker

Cecilia Taylor
Mayor Pro Tem City of Menlo Park


  • Rafael Avendano
    Director of Programs, Siena Youth Center

  • Milan Balinton
    Executive Director, African American Community Service Agency (AACSA)

  • Manufou Liaiga Anoa'i
    Founder and Executive Director, Pacific Islander Community Partnership

  • Victor Lopez
    Executive Director, CARON: Community Alliance to Revitalize Our Neighborhood

  • Jack Mahoney
    Civic Participation Program Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

  • Rita Mancera
    Executive Director, Puente de la Costa Sur

  • Belen Seara
    Senior Community Health Planner, Get Healthy San Mateo County, San Mateo County Health

  • Petra Silton
    Policy & Advocacy Coordinator, Thrive Alliance

  • Adam Wilson
    Program Coordinator, Youth Leadership Institute

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Grove Foundation

Grove Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, a donor advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, a donor advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation