Kick off your summer with a Peninsula Philanthropy Network Happy Hour on June 8th at Cru in Redwood City! We will be joined by a special guest, Don Horsley, Board President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, who will share his perspective on the affordable housing crisis in San Mateo County. The shortfall of affordable housing in the county is continuing to increase rapidly and the lowest wage workers are spending on average 69 percent of their income on rent. The county has been working to find solutions and Supervisor Horsley will share the latest updates on their plans and how philanthropy can engage to support their efforts.
This Happy Hour launches a new series of programs and events that the Peninsula Philanthropy Network will host in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in 2017. We hope you will join us to connect with new people and interesting ideas that will enhance the impact of your work. Stay tuned for updates on more programs coming this summer!
About the Peninsula Philanthropy Network
The Peninsula Philanthropy Network is a group of philanthropy professionals who are leveraging the collective power and influence of philanthropy on the peninsula. We create opportunities to learn together about issues facing our community and to develop relationships with people working towards social impact.
Supervisor Don Horsley was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in November 2010, beginning his term in January 2011. He was re-elected to a second four-year term on June 3, 2014. That term will officially begin in January 2015. Because he won 78 percent of the primary vote in June, there is no need for an election on Nov. 4, 2014. He represents the Third District, taking the seat long held by Rich Gordon, who was elected to the State Assembly. A former San Mateo County Sheriff, Don is a native of San Francisco, although he grew up in Daly City. He attended Westmoor High School and earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, from San Francisco State University. Doninitially wanted to be a teacher, and worked as a juvenile counselor with the San Mateo County Probation Department and then as a classroom teacher for middle school students. He ultimately decided to embark on a law enforcement career, and one of his first jobs was with the Pacifica Police Department. He shifted to the Sheriff’s Office In 1972, and began his county career as a patrol deputy in the City of East Palo Alto.
Then, in 1993, he was elected Sheriff, bringing innovative leadership and modernization to the department. After 14 years, Don left the Sheriff’s Office and was elected to the Sequoia Healthcare District, serving as the Board President until he was elected to the Board of Supervisors. Under his leadership the District increased funding to the North Fair Oaks Clinic and the Community Grant Program. In fact, total grants for health related programs and non-profit organizations for this year to the community and Sequoia Hospital amount to over $8 million. As a San Mateo County Supervisor representing the Third District, Don has focused on coastal and agricultural issues, along with health topics.