Haute 100 SF: John & Susan Sobrato to Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

John A Sobrato

Haute 100 lister John A. Sobrato and wife, Susan, will be awarded with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Spirit of Silicon Valley – Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, Oct. 30.

Sobrato, who is a member of the Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees as well as a member of C/0 1960, his wife and their family members launched the Sobrato Family Foundation in 1996. Since its inception, the foundation has donated nearly $315 million in cash and real estate to educational, health, human services, and other charities.

“John A. and Susan Sobrato have supported Santa Clara University generously with their time, talents, and values,” said Michael E. Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University, who nominated the couple for the award. “For decades, they have put their extensive gifts and great success toward education, the betterment of humanity, and the support of those least able to help themselves. We are fortunate to have John’s guidance on our Board of Trustees and the couple as role models for our students.”

Sobrato is the founder of The Sobrato Organization of Cupertino, one of the largest commercial development firms in Silicon Valley. In addition to his firm, his philanthropy work and being a member of the university’s board, Sobrato also serves on a number of boards. Those boards include:

  • NHU Foundation and Latino Preparatory Academy (Vice Chair)
  • National Hispanic University (Member)
  • Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School (Co-chair)
  • Bay Area Council (Santa Clara County Director)
  • Bellarmine College Preparatory (Regent Emeritus)
  • Parents Helping Parents (Member)
  • Ravenswood Family Health Center (Member)
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Foundation (Director Emeritus)
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation (Real Estate Trust Co-Chair)

“Sue and I are honored to receive this award as a reflection of our family’s longstanding commitment to giving back to those in need in Silicon Valley,” said John A. Sobrato. “This is where our real estate business has enjoyed its success.”

The couple will be presented with the award at a luncheon at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The Spirit of Silicon Valley – Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to outstanding community leaders and is based on three criteria: impeccable ethics, business excellence, and community engagement, the university announced.