Knight Foundation works to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. Our communities program supports the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers.

What We Look For

Knight focuses on building a more engaged San Jose with a focus on public life — drawing people out of their cars and homes and into the community. In doing so, Knight seeks to create a more walkable, bikeable and people-focused city.

Since 2008, Knight has invested more than $25 million to forward this mission, including supporting the construction of North America’s most ambitious Better Bikeways network, expanding SPUR, one of the nation’s leading urban policy think-and-do-tanks, to the city, and launching and growing VivaCalleSJ, which closes streets for people to walk and bike.  Our investments seek to elevate community voices and support the next generation of urban problem solvers. 

Our San Jose program focuses on three themes: 

  • Building walkable, bikeable and transit-oriented neighborhoods;
  • Creating new public spaces and reimagining existing ones to bring together a range of people, while offering an outlet to learn and share ideas;
  • Helping San Joseans forge deeper connections with their city with events and places that define San José.

If you’re interested in our arts program, read more about our arts strategy

Knight San Jose office: 

CommonGrounds Workspace
18 South Second Street
San Jose, CA 95113

San Jose Community Advisory Committee members: 

Lan Diep, City of San Jose; Nuria Fernandez, Valley Transportation Authority; Michael Flynn, Google; Garrett Herbert, Deloitte LLP; Mary Papazian, San Jose State University; Greg Woock, Pinger.

Program Director

Director/San Jose