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About Santa Cruz Works

Santa Cruz Works is a California 501(c)(6) nonprofit mutual benefit corporation whose mission is to make Santa Cruz County a great place to start, sustain, and grow a science & technology company.  Our objectives and direction are managed by a board drawn from emerging and established tech companies, local government, academia and the investment community.

We Promote Local Science & Tech Companies

We highlight great tech companies in Santa Cruz County. Specifically, we provide a platform to make local tech workers aware of open positions at these companies. More broadly, we create a stronger economy and a stronger community.

We Connect Members of Our Tech Ecosystem

We gather leaders of the local tech community to strengthen relationships, share best practices, and create inspiration. More broadly, we build bridges among companies, educational institutions, investors, and the community at large.

We Foment Learning

Through a combination of digital content and in-person events, we create opportunities for entrepreneurs, executives, and technologists to learn with and from each other. More broadly, we help the community at large understand the breadth, depth, and value of the local tech ecosystem.

We Support Entrepreneurs

By connecting entrepreneurs to mentors and funders, we support their ability to sustain and grow their science & technology companies.

The Board

Keri Waters

Board President
CEO & Co-founder, Buoy Labs

Bob Cagle

Board Treasurer
CEO & Co-founder, productOps

Toby Corey

Zentrepreneur, Stanford University Lecturer

Jacob Martinez

Founder/Executive Director, Digital Nest Inc.

Scott Brandt

Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Santa Cruz

Doug Erickson

Board Secretary
VP, West Coast Sales, Nanigans

Helder Carvalheira

Vice President, Global Engineering Services, Plantronics

Bonnie Lipscomb

Director of Economic Development, City of Santa Cruz

Jeremy Neuner

Head of Space + Community at Launchpad, Google

Margaret Rosas

Vice President, Department of Customer Love at Looker, Looker


Matthew Swinnerton

Programs Director
Santa Cruz Works