FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
-PAT GELSINGER, CEO VMWARE
The Bay Area carries a unique magnetic attraction for those around the globe seeking their futures and fortunes. We are home to incredible universities, businesses, sports teams, social movements, cultural venues and endless opportunities. Often what starts in the Bay Area ripples out to affect the rest of the world. We have influence and we have affluence.
Our eleven counties and 256 cities & towns have one of the highest per capita incomes of any area on the face of the earth. We also have our challenges; in spite of our affluence, 22 percent of people in the Bay Area live below the poverty line. Although we have amazing teachers and educators, 51 percent of our 3rd graders cannot read at 3rd-grade level.
Of the nearly 8 million people in the Bay Area’s eleven counties (we include Santa Cruz and Monterey County), close to 5 million are un-churched or have no religious affiliation whatsoever. Within our faith communities, many churches live a siloed and isolated existence, which greatly diminishes our potential collective impact.
In 2013 several leaders from the faith, business, and tech communities began to gather and dream about how people of faith could work together to make life better for every person in the Bay Area—physically, educationally, relationally and spiritually. The outcome became Transforming the Bay with Christ (TBC). We are just beginning but we’re filled with the hope of “what could be” as we dream and work together. We invite you to join us by bringing your passion and talents to make life better for every person in the Bay Area.