WHO WE ARE

The Silicon Valley Cannabis Alliance was founded out of the need for regional collaboration at the local level. A vibrant cannabis industry in the Silicon Valley can be a force to be reckoned with. As the industry's only Silicon Valley trade organization, SVCA works every day to ensure our business sector is represented in a professional and coordinated way. 

Our Mission

The Silicon Valley Cannabis Alliance is a professional organization that is focused on growing the regional legal cannabis industry by-->

 

Making connections between cannabis businesses to cannabis businesses; cannabis businesses to non-cannabis businesses; new operators to existing ones; entreprenures to the industry; businesses to local and state elected officials.

 

Creating opportunities for the industry and economic development for municipalities by keeping everyone updated on new ordinances and best practices in cities and the industry.

 

Projecting a professional high standard and industry image, and spreading a clear message about the industry through regular conversations with the community, media outlets, and elected officials.

 

Keeping the industry informed through networking mixers and larger signature events that bring various industry and regulatory and elected officials together.

 

Being socially responsible by encouraging the local cannabis industry to keep cannabis away from those under the age of 21, encouraging municipalities to spend tax dollars on cannabis awareness and anti-cannabis education and engaging in socially responsible activities focused around the spirit and intent of Proposition 64 of criminal records expungements.

By the entirely of these actions we bring a framework for the coexistence of a responsible new industry and a community where both can not just survive, but thrive.

Meet The Team

Sean Kali-rai

Founder/President

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Government Affairs / Land Use / Lobbyist / Business Development / Business Consulting in Silicon Valley. 

Sean lives in California since 1975, and is a product of the California Public School System. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Economics. Sean is a licensed California Real Estate Broker since 1990 (#01067245). He founded Jackson and Main, LLC, a California-based business advisory and lobbying firm specializing in land use entitlement, the cannabis industry, and state-level legislative action. Jackson and Main works with city, county, and state level regulators on behalf of their clients.

Professional Affiliations and Community Activities:

  • The Silicon Valley Organization - The SVO

  • Former Board Member of the San Jose Police Foundation

  • Former Board Member of the Vietnamese Heritage Society

  • Former Member of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group Working Council

  • Former Member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Soccer Park Association

  • Participant in the Role Model Program

  • Donor to the Northern California Innocence Project

Victor Gomez

Public Policy Director

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Victor Gomez is a Northern California native with a wealth of experience in local, state, and federal policy. Born and raised in Hollister, California, Victor has served as Mayor of Hollister and terms as a City Councilmember.

In addition, Victor served as President of the League of California Cities - Monterey Bay Chapter, advocating for sound policy at the state level. He understands the needs of local elected officials giving him the inside edge on navigating through the labyrinth of local government.

Victor spent a number of years as a legislative staffer for the City of San Jose both as Deputy Chief of Staff for Councilmember Johnny Khamis, and Chief of Staff to Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco. 

Victor's political roots run deep. Both his father and grandfather served as Mayors of their cities, as well as Victor's older brother who served as Mayor of Glendale, California.

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