The Drum Major Award

Carl Guardino

Carl Guardino, one of Silicon Valley's most distinguished business and community leaders, is the President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association that represents nearly 400 of Silicon Valley's most respected companies.

In February 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar appointed Guardino to a four-year on the California Transportation Commission and has been reappointed twice by Governor Jerry Brown. He also serves on numerous other boards and is actively involved in a wide range of community organizations and projects. In 2000, the San Jose Mercury News named Guardino one of hte "Five Most Powerful" people in Silicon Valley.

Guardino has been the chief executive of the Leadership Group since January 1997. He previously served as vice president of the organization between 1991 and 1995. He also held an executive position in governmental affairs with Hewlett-Packard and he spent six years on the staff of Central Valley Assemblyman Rusty Areias, the last three as his chief assistant.

Known throughout the region as a consensus builder, Guardino has championed a number of important issues, especially in the areas of transportation and housing.

His transportation leadership includes successful management of ballot Measures A & B in 1996 that funded 19 key road and rail improvements with $1.4 billion; and co-management of a 2000 traffic relief initiative that will generate some $7.5 billion in local funds to bring BART to Santa Clara County, improve CalTrain and other transit improvements.

As a housing adovcate, he co-created the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, which has helped 20,000 families afford homes in high-cost Silicon Valley by raising more than $70 million in voluntary contributions.

Guardino is the founder and race director of the annual Thanksgiving Day Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot," which had more than 25,000 participants in 2014 and over the past ten years, it has raised more than $5 million for local charities. He is also the founder of the TiVo "Santa Run Silicon Valley" and the Lam Research "Heart & Soles 5K" to place salad bars in Silicon Valley public schools. In addition, he hosts "The CEO Show," a radio talk show featuring top Silicon Valley CEOs on KLIV AM 1590.

Guardino was born and raised in San Jose and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from San Jose State University, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus. He is a member of Junior Achievement's "Silicon Valley Business Hall of Fame" and the recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from City Year, and is the second recipient of the "American Public Transit Association's Business Executive of the Year."

Carl is married to Leslee Guardino.