About the Diablo Valley Tech Initiative

The DVTI is led and run by volunteers in the Diablo Valley community. It does not have any legal standing of its own and is not recognized by the IRS as a legal entity. As such, it does not maintain a bank account or physical address.

Rather, DVTI is a virtual organization with regular meetings and minimal governing structures and titles. The goal of DVTI is to study and promote the ideas that enable the Diablo Valley to cultivate and benefit from a thriving tech sector.


DVTI is currently housed at, and affiliated with, the Diablo Valley College Workforce Development and Business Administration Departments.

The Diablo Valley Tech Initiative (DVTI) studies and promotes the ideas that enable the Diablo Valley region to cultivate and benefit from a thriving technology sector.


Leadership Team

Ryan Buckley


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Ryan is a local entrepreneur and adjunct lecturer at DVC. He currently serves as CEO of MightySignal.

John Matthesen

Vice Chair

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John is a serial entrepreneur and long-time factulty at DVC. He currently serves as CEO of Rogers Ranch Urban Farm.

Jags Krishnamurthy

Vice Chair

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Jags is a local tech executive with extensive experience in enterprise technology. He currently serves as COO of Object Edge.


  • Dominic Aliano, Concord City Council

  • Beth Arman, DVC

  • Jim Blair, DVC

  • Ryan Buckley, MightySignal

  • Kevin Cabral, Concord Chamber of Commerce

  • Nichol Carranza, Marathon Petroleum

  • Amalia Cunningham, Contra Costa County

  • Ed Del Beccaro, TRI Commercial

  • Catherine Franco, DVC

  • Vicki Gordon, Former CCCCD Board

  • Joellen Heaney, DVC

  • Jay Hoyer, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce

  • Colleen Isenberg, Contra Costa County

  • Jags Krishnamurthy, Object Edge

  • Kristina Martinez, County Connection

  • John Matthesen, DVC

  • Brian Nunnally, City of Concord

  • Carlyn Obringer, City of Concord

  • Tamer Osman, Amazon

  • Andrea Ouse, City of Concord

  • Jeffrey Smith, DVC

  • Jennifer Tejada, DVC

  • Mario Tejada, DVC

  • Donna Van Wert, Contra Costa County

  • Mariam Worsham, DVC

Note: organizations do not imply endorsement of or affiliation with DVTI

Diablo Valley Tech Initiative

The members of the Diablo Valley Tech Initiative include mayors, presidents of Chambers of Commerce, professors, real estate professionals, and local technology professionals and entrepreneurs. It is incubated at Diablo Valley College in Contra Costa County, California.

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