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Together we can end child poverty in San Mateo County

San Mateo Rising: Ending Child Poverty Summit

In August of 2023, Jackie hosted The San Mateo Rising: Ending Child Poverty Summit, a full day dedicated towards addressing the most profound crises in San Mateo County—child poverty. 

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Matthew Desmond, Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and author of Pulitzer Prize winning best-seller, Evicted, and best-seller, Poverty, by America. Additional experts, as well as families afflicted by poverty, spoke or were in attendance. 


We look forward to sharing our findings with you. Together we can make a difference in the lives of women and children in San Mateo County.

Foundation Focus

The Jackie Speier Foundation for Women and Children will address poverty, lack of housing and childcare, and domestic violence.

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

If not now, when?
If not here, where? 

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Jackie Speier

After 40 years of public service, Jackie Speier has retired from Congress to come home and revitalize the fight against poverty in San Mateo County. Jackie will bring together the leaders of San Mateo to focus and coordinate their efforts to eliminate poverty.


San Mateo is one of the wealthiest districts in the country with one of the highest rates of child poverty. Jackie intends to raise the awareness and the needed funding to change this.

© 2023 The Jackie Speier Foundation

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