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"Our mission is simple. We want to build a more connected local Thunderbird community."

Who We Are

The diversity of Silicon Valley Thunderbirds sets us apart (a.k.a. T-birds).


Thousands of Thunderbird alumni live in or visit Northern California’s Silicon Valley each year. Nestled primarily between the San Francisco and San Jose airports resides an ethnically and socio-economically diverse community. Local Thunderbirds who work and play in Silicon Valley tend to be business and community professionals, leaders, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, business or career coaches, and more. 


Silicon Valley’s vibrant, dynamic community includes many who often speak numerous languages, have the opportunity to explore a wide range of eateries, including taquerias, sushi bars, pho shops, gourmet food trucks, pizzerias, and tapas restaurants. This same crowd often takes advantage of the generally moderate temperate year-round and overall good weather to spend plenty of time outdoors. 


Snow is scarce, but there’s plenty of sunshine for the majority of the year. Given the last few years of drought conditions, many of us strive to be careful about water usage. 

What makes Silicon Valley a great place to live?

Since Silicon Valley is ideally situated in driving distance from both the mountains and the ocean, and happens to be flanked by two major local airports, many people consider it to be one of the most desirable places to live in the world. At least a handful of cities are included in the Livability’s 2016 ranking of the Top 100 Best Places to Live.

Numerous startups, established enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses, global businesses, non-profit organizations, and governmental groups, and more claim Silicon Valley as their home or hold a U.S. presence in the region. Innovative, leading global brands, such as Apple, Adobe Systems, Google, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Tesla Motors have local headquarters. Take a look at this Quora answer on the biggest Silicon Valley companies to see if you agree. 


A couple other interesting resources related to technology companies in particular. 


  • San Jose Mercury News’ list of 2015 Silicon Valley 150 to see the biggest technology companies by revenue.

  • San Jose Mercury News’ list of SV20/20 of the 20 most influential companies and business leaders, respectively.

Leadership Team

Have any questions? Ask them!

Khatchig Jingirian '97
Labat '80
Carole Low '03
Andrew Ogawa '98
Shen '14
Joshua Warner '14
Rabie Zahri '10
Chaper Leaders
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