Chris Wilder is the CEO of the Valley Medical Center (VMC) Foundation. He has led the effort to raise funds for and awareness of Silicon Valley’s largest (and only public) medical center since 2003. During that time, the VMC Foundation has raised more than $70M for the only hospital in Silicon Valley that serves anyone, regardless of ability to pay. He was named “Outstanding Professional Fund Raiser for 2008” by the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.
Also in 2008, Chris led a coalition that passed “Measure A”, a county-wide ballot initiative which raised $840 million to rebuild Valley Medical Center’s seismically outdated hospital buildings. Measure A was approved by over 78% of Santa Clara County voters—the largest vote getter of any issue or candidate on the ballot. He co-chaired a similar campaign in 2012, to increase sales tax in Santa Clara County by 1/8 ¢, which passed—raising an additional $500 million for vital public services. In 2016, Chris was Treasurer of yet another Measure A campaign which delivered a billion dollars to Santa Clara County for affordable and supportive housing. Why? Because the homelessness crisis is also a healthcare crisis.
Chris’s 27-year career in the Public Benefit Sector began as a consumer activist (Fund for Public Interest Research, to running the Vanished Children’s Alliance, a national missing children’s agency. He then became Executive Director of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley – the nation’s premiere AmeriCorps program. Chris served as Board member and past Chairman of San Jose Jazz and has performed music of many genres in over two dozen nations. He serves on the board of the Healthier Kids Foundation, served on the board of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter, has hosted and produced two award-winning cable TV talk shows, and spent 9 years on Santa Clara County’s Child Abuse Council. He is graduate of American Leadership Forum, Community Leadership San Jose and Stanford’s Executive Program in Nonprofit Leadership. Chris lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his wife Kate.