In December 2019, organizers launched the Technology Industry Association of California (TechCA) as a nonprofit trade association to represent the technology industry in interactions with state and local governments.
With the mission of creating better partnerships between the technology industry and state and local government, former California state officials Jennifer Saha and Bill Maile co-founded the nonprofit as the Golden State’s first statewide technology association based in the state capital.
Prior to 2019, California was one of the few states that did not have its own technology industry association. TechCA is based on associations in other states, such as Washington, Texas, Florida, and others that have successfully served the state-based technology community. The nonprofit also serves as a bridge to cities and counties throughout the state.
With a special emphasis on small businesses that have been traditionally underrepresented, TechCA offers government relations and legislative advocacy services to help industry speak with one voice. Association dues are scaled for companies based on revenue and size, allowing for an equal vote and easy access by Small Business / Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise certified companies.
TechCA is formed as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade association. The association’s Corporate Advisory Council collaborates on governance, committee leadership, and a membership program to serve member companies that range from the world’s most recognizable brands to small local businesses.