The Jackie Speier Foundation

Helping Women and Children Thrive in San Mateo County

San Mateo County’s challenge is connecting our tremendous local creativity and wealth with our substantial local needs, hidden in plain sight.  

The Jackie Speier Foundation for Women and Children will address poverty, lack of housing and childcare, and domestic violence, with direct grants and through an innovation incubator to support ingenious solutions to the feminization of poverty. 

Named one of the 50 most fearless women in the world by Newsweek, Jackie Speier will focus her leadership and dynamism on helping the women and children of San Mateo County thrive.

In addition to more traditional foundation activities, The Jackie Speier Foundation plans to launch an innovation incubator. This is a “moon shot” challenge in attempting to solve some of the most difficult human issues we have in San Mateo County.

The foundation will award $1 million dollar grants on a yearly basis to individuals, teams, and non-profits who develop ingenious solutions to the problems of the past four decades:

1) poverty

2) domestic violence

3) unhoused women and children

4) childcare solutions

Solutions, if successful, can be introduced across the nation and on a global level. Solving problems in our own backyard can benefit not only San Mateo County but the world.

About Jackie Speier

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Relationships are currency. Jackie Speier has forged thousands of relationships in both the private and public sectors for over 50 years. She has represented San Mateo County as a County Supervisor, a member of the State Assembly, a State Senator and a Congresswoman. She was also a technology Vice President at Electronic Arts. There are very few people who know San Mateo County as well as Jackie Speier. During her career she has delivered hundreds of millions of dollars of state and federal funding to San Mateo County. She has taken on some of the most difficult and controversial problems and she has done so with tenacity and courage. Women and children have benefited from her work in areas such as funding and legislation in pediatric cancer research, creation of the breast cancer postage stamp to fund breast cancer research, sexual assault prevention legislation, suicide prevention legislation, enforcement of child support orders, child abuse prevention, and financial privacy. Jackie also created the Professional and Business Women’s Conference (PBWC) which has become among the largest in the nation and has educated tens of thousands of women. Jackie is a mother of two children, a wife and a best selling author of two books: She was named one of the fifty most fearless women in the world by Newsweek and one of the most influential members in the US House by Politico magazine. She resides in Hillsborough, California with her husband Barry and their dog Emma.