Ahmad Thomas

Statement from Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Ahmad Thomas on Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

SAN JOSÉ, CA (Nov 19, 2021) — “I’m disappointed but not surprised by today’s verdict. Those who engage in protest for social justice and equity should not be expected to accept the potential for violence. And Black jurists should not be systematically excluded from the judicial process. Today’s verdict arrived in the midst of our Innovating Equity Summit, underscoring the fact that although progress on DEI is underway in the workplace and the boardroom, we still have a long way to go when it comes to achieving a racially just and equitable society. This verdict, while extremely disappointing, is sadly not an anomaly. We remain focused on advancing business and policy solutions that will help tackle systemic inequalities and promote greater inclusion and justice for all.”

Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Ahmad Thomas Applauds Signing of California Police Accountability Measure, SB 2—SVLG is the first and only major business association in California to endorse both AB 979 and SB 2

San José, CA (September 30, 2021) — “Today Governor Newsom signed an important measure into law, sponsored by Senator Steven Bradford, which will help make our communities safer by establishing a new Peace Officer Standards Division to build accountability for California’s law enforcement officers. By addressing both systemic police violence and unjust policing, I truly believe that SB 2 represents a critical step forward in creating a more racially just and equitable future for Silicon Valley and all Californians.”