Mauricio Palma

Director, Initiatives and Special Projects, Silicon Valley Community Foundation


As a senior leader in the Community Impact division, Mauricio leads a number of initiatives in the areas of social innovation, capacity building, civic tech, news and information, and community engagement. He works with nonprofit organizations to conceive initiatives that lead to effective, equitable and sustainable community driven solutions. The Community Impact division seeks to build purposeful and impactful relationships with local, regional and national partners in order to address the region’s most challenging problems to improve our quality of life.


Prior to joining Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mauricio worked with the Parent Services Project, Inc. There he helped develop training curriculum on family support, engagement and leadership, and implemented it in school readiness, school-linked services, family resource centers and schools. In addition to his community work, Mauricio has taught at City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and is presently teaching early childhood education at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA.

Mauricio lives in San Mateo County with his wife, Nora, and daughter, Yaeli. An immigrant from Nicaragua, he graduated from Mission High School in San Francisco, California. He has a bachelor's in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz and a master of arts in history from San Francisco State University.

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