The Silicon Valley Alumni Chapter was established in early 2011 and serves roughly 1800 alumni living in San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Alameda counties. The Chapter is currently building its committee and calendar. If you're interested in getting involved please contact Jim Foley, President of the Silicon Valley Chapter.
USD vs. Santa Clara Game and Pre-Game Party
February 14, 2013 at 5 p.m. | Wicked Chicken at the Alameda
Lifelong Learning & Networking Event
Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. | Palo Alto Art Center
Networking Happy Hour at Rootstock in Los Gatos
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Silicon Valley Alumni Chapter President
James W. Foley III '01
Jim Foley was born and raised in Saratoga, CA and attended Bellarmine College Preparatory prior to attending the University of San Diego. While at USD, Jim majored in Business Administration with a minor in Information Systems and an emphasis in Real Estate. Jim was a member of the USD Water Ski team for two years and was also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Jim held a variety of positions in Sigma Chi including IFC Representative, Social Chair, Philanthropy Chair, and Vice President. Jim was awarded the Most Significant Senior Sig Award and the Balfour Fellow Award during his senior year. While living in San Diego and attending USD, Jim worked for several entertainment businesses including Ptolemy Productions, Snypur Productions, and DJ Here promoting various restaurants, nightclubs, and events.
In 2002, Jim moved home to the Bay Area and worked in sales and management for several companies in the engineering design software and mobile telecommunications software sectors including Torgon Industries and Good Technology before landing in Real Estate, his true passion.
Jim currently works in Real Estate Development for McCarthy Ranch and McCarthy Land Company. Jim is responsible for a variety of things including Retail, Professional Office, R&D, Industrial, and Residential Real Estate development ranging from acquisition and entitlement, to project and construction management, to asset management or divestiture. Jim comes from a large family with a rich history of real estate in Silicon Valley and has worked with and familiarized himself with the real estate industry over the course of his life. Jim holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license and is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).
Jim and his wife Kristen (Owen) Foley, USD ’01, currently live in Los Gatos, CA and are expecting their first child in May 2012. In 2008, Jim was elected Director at Large for the Pueblo de Los Gatos Property Owners Association and served as President of the Board of Directors from 2009 through 2012. Jim was also appointed to the Town of Los Gatos General Plan Update Advisory Committee by the members of the Town Council in 2008. The LG GPAC was responsible for guiding the future of the land uses in the Town of Los Gatos through a consensus advisory process for the 2010 general plan update. In 2011, Jim was appointed to the North Forty Specific Plan Advisory Committee which will guide the planning and land use for the development of the largest contiguous undeveloped piece of land in the Town of Los Gatos. In October 2011, Jim and Joey McCarthy (USD ’02) embarked on a new venture and opened Rootstock Wine Bar in downtown Los Gatos. Rootstock specializes in local wine found in the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation but also offers a wide variety of California wine, specialty hand craft beer, and food prepared from many local products.
Silicon Valley Alumni Chapter Committee:
Vice President – Sarah Gray '01
Secretary/Treasurer – Quinn Lynch '02
Social Media/Community Service Chair – Cynthia Elliot '95
Admissions/Young Alumni Network Chair – Katie Robinson '00
Member at Large – Myra Gasmin '07