Jonah Cool

Science Program Officer
Years at CZI 5
Gift Type Life of Service Gift

Long before the Bay Area was Silicon Valley it was the Valley of Heart’s Delight. It is a special place with strong agrarian roots that was once filled with orchards and cattle and rolling hills. Food, culture and forward looking viewpoints are special and interconnected features of the Bay Area.This was an important part of my experience growing up in the Bay Area. The local agricultural community is really, really important to me and a big part of what makes the Bay Area special. Parts of the coast maintain these roots but also struggle to support their local community, and the next generation. Puente is an organization rooted in supporting the local coastal communities to remain resilient and strong. Recent fires, among other things, made their work more critical and more difficult than ever. With my Life of Service gift I wanted to try and support an organization doing important work that promotes just, equitable and conscientious work within our community. Puente is that organization and I’m exceptionally proud to have the opportunity to support their work and the communities that they serve.

I wanted to try and support an organization doing amazing work that promotes just, equitable and conscientious work within our community.

I was born in the Bay Area and have an affinity for the local hills, culture and region. It is my home and also the place that has helped inform my worldview. As a child I volunteered at local organizations (Eucemenical Hunger Project among my favorites) and always admired the way that the community came together to support those that needed help. Now at CZI, I feel exceptionally fortunate to be back in the Bay Area and in an organization that is thinking globally (my work in science supports work in over 20 countries!) but also at home. I continue to stay engaged with local causes and look for opportunities to support the people and places that make the Bay Area a special place.

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Gifting amounts updated as of November 18, 2022

*TOTAL AMOUNTS INCLUDE CORPORATE MATCHING AND GIFT FUNDING

LIFE OF SERVICE GIFTS ARE PERSONAL DONATIONS MADE BY CZI EMPLOYEES IN THEIR SOLE DISCRETION AND DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN ENDORSEMENT OF OR GRANT TO THE RECIPIENT ORGANIZATION BY CZI.