Press Release - December 16, 2019

Jessica Weare Joins Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Therese Wilson and Stuart Burden Advance Roles within Organization

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (“SVCF”) has announced the addition of Jessica Weare as vice president of corporate responsibility, as well as promotions for Therese Wilson to executive vice president of donor engagement, corporate responsibility and chief of staff, and Stuart Burden to vice president of corporate and foundation relations.

Jessica Weare, SVCF’s new vice president of corporate responsibility, leads the community foundation’s work with corporate clients to create and manage programs that drive community impact and deepen employee engagement. Prior to joining SVCF, Jessica spent seven years directing Microsoft’s philanthropic work in Silicon Valley, supporting nonprofits working in education, workforce development and civic technology. She managed the company’s local employee engagement and matching gifts campaigns to an 87% participation rate.
Jessica received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and she holds a doctorate from Stanford University. Additionally, she has completed training in cross-sector collaboration at Harvard Business School, corporate social responsibility at Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and design thinking at Stanford University.

Stuart Burden joined SVCF in March 2017 as vice president of corporate responsibility and will now serve as SVCF’s new vice president of corporate and foundation relations, where he will spearhead partnership efforts with individual, institutional and corporate donors. Prior to joining SVCF, Stuart was a philanthropy consultant focusing on program design, organizational effectiveness and strategic communications. Stuart has directed grantmaking for the Levi Strauss Foundation and Levi Strauss & Co. He spent 12 years at the MacArthur Foundation and has worked on special projects at the Ford Foundation, including the design and launch of Ford’s HIV/AIDS grants program.
Stuart earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Therese Wilson joined SVCF in February 2019 as interim vice president of human resources. In November 2019, she was named executive vice president of donor engagement, corporate responsibility, and chief of staff, in addition to overseeing human resources.
Prior to joining SVCF, Therese was a consultant specializing in nonprofit administration and fund development. Skilled in nonprofit management, Therese has held executive-level roles at several Bay Area organizations. Most notably, Therese served as the CEO of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, where she led a team of over 200 to ensure access to comprehensive reproductive and primary health care and sexuality education services for over 70,000 individuals annually in the Bay Area. She has also worked extensively in Africa designing and implementing culturally competent health, education and gender empowerment projects. Therese holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

"I am thrilled about Jessica joining our team and for Therese and Stuart to elevate their roles within our organization,” said Nicole Taylor, president and CEO of SVCF. “They all bring a wealth of experience and deep commitment to serving this region. Their energies and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to deepen our relationships within our community."

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About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. We engage donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. Our passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here. Learn more at siliconvalleycf.org.