Silicon Valley “Spark Plug”

In recognition of my work with Interfaith Space, I was recently named as a  “Silicon Valley Sparkplug,” part of a project being done by CREA-TV and San Jose State University, with funding from the Knight Foundation. Over the past several months I and many of my colleagues have been interviewed for that project, and the cameraman was present at our March kickoff meeting to capture more footage for my segment.

The Sparkplug Videos will be premiered on Thursday, March 24th, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Camera Cinemas 3 in San Jose. CreaTV San Jose and San Jose State University will co-host a screening and conversation about “community sparkplugging” with the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley (ALF), and will feature documentaries on each “sparkplug,” seven grass roots activists in our region, followed by small group conversations with the featured subjects.

You are invited to attend, and can register here. You can also take a look at the Sparkplugs Project website at The videos are not yet posted (they’ll be added after the gathering on the 24th), but there is other information and background materials.

Thanks to those of you who helped with this; I’m hoping it will be yet another way to get SiVIC into people’s awareness.

The Sparkplugs are:

  • Adriana Garcia, a community organizer who builds leadership and connections in the Latina community.
  • Raj Jayedev, helping the community of “outsiders” in Silicon Valley to be heard.
  • Andrew Kille, a Baptist minister in the Bay Area.
  • Raul Lozano, former Executive Director of Teatro Vision, made a shift in his career by starting La Mesa Verde in 2009.
  • Javed Mohammed, a Bay Area writer who produces fiction and non-fiction books.
  • Jasmine Rast, creates communal spaces for the larger Japantown community.
  • John Waszily, former director of Goodwill’s Homeless Veteran’s Reintegration Program.
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