Santa Cruz Works is a California 501(c)(6) nonprofit mutual benefit corporation whose mission is to make Santa Cruz County a great place to start, sustain, and grow a science & technology company.  Our objectives and direction are managed by a board drawn from emerging and established tech companies, local government, academia and the investment community.

We Promote Local Science & Tech Companies

We highlight great tech companies in Santa Cruz County. Specifically, we provide a platform to make local tech workers aware of open positions at these companies. More broadly, we create a stronger economy and a stronger community.

We Connect Members of Our Tech Ecosystem

We gather leaders of the local tech community to strengthen relationships, share best practices, and create inspiration. More broadly, we build bridges among companies, educational institutions, investors, and the community at large.

We Foment Learning 

Through a combination of digital content and in-person events, we create opportunities for entrepreneurs, executives, and technologists to learn with and from each other. More broadly, we help the community at large understand the breadth, depth, and value of the local tech ecosystem.

We Support Entrepreneurs

By connecting entrepreneurs to mentors and funders, we support their ability to sustain and grow their science & technology companies.

The Board

Bob Cagle
President of the Board

Bud Colligan
South Swell Ventures

Charlie Vaske

Scott Brandt
UC Santa Cruz

Bonnie Lipscomb
City of Santa Cruz Economic Development

Heidi Schriefer

Keri Waters

Ken Kannappan

Jeremy Neuner

Executive Director
Heather R. Putnam, PhD

Programs Director
Matthew Swinnerton

Engagement Manager
Briya Leung